A condom may not be the best protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), because not all STIs are spread through semen.
Sexually transmitted infections are normally preventable but the only sure method of preventing STIs is to avoid any kind of sexual contact, which may not be almost impossible. However, there are many other measures you can take to reduce the risk of exposure to infections.
The best way to avoid most STIs is to use a condom when you have sex. But the main function of a condom is to prevent the transmission of semen, by which you can prevent both the spread of tons of STIs during intercourse and pregnancy.
There are some other things which you can do to reduce the chances of catching an STI like limiting the number of people you have sex with, share your sexual history with your partner, get the test done along with your partner and avoid having sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which may affect your sense of judgement.
Here are the STIs that can still be spread even after the usage of a condom.
Herpes can be passed on to another sexual partner even with the use of condom because the herpes lesion generally occurs on an area of the pelvis or groin that is not covered by the condom. Thus, the transmission from that lesion can occur.
People who are bushy down there are at a higher risk of catching pubic lice from an infected partner. So condom can’t help you in anyways because lice lay eggs and live in the hair.
For those who are sexually active, HPV the most common STI they can get. It can cause genital warts which many people never know they have it. And even without warts present, HPV can be passed with skin-to-skin contact.
Molluscum is a virus that shows a tiny little bump on the skin. Though it is not a very familiar STI, because it doesn’t cause any long-term health problems. However the small bumps can appear anywhere from two to three months after the time of infection. So, a condom to prevent you from this infection.
Syphilis appears as a firm, round, and usually, painless sore called a Chancre. Just like herpes, a condom is not going to protect you.
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