you can get std even when wearing a condom

Can I Get an STD Even When Wearing a Condom?

Many people mistakenly believe that using a condom completely protects from all sexually transmitted diseases, however, this is not the truth. It is still very possible to contract dangerous illnesses, even if a condom is used. Keep reading for some valuable information regarding the possibility of spreading a sexually transmitted disease while still using protection.

Condoms Are Not 100% Effective

It is a myth that condoms protect against disease 100% of the time. Even with correct use, condoms are only 95% effective in disease protection. With incorrect use, this drops to approximately 75%. The condom can break, causing the spread of disease. Also, it is important to make sure that the condom is not past its expiration date.

Another myth is that all condoms provide protection. This is not the case. Lambskin condoms are not approved for the prevention of STD’s, as bacteria can still spread through the condom. Make sure you are using condoms that are specifically manufactured to prevent the spread of disease.

Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases Can Easily Be Spread Even with Condom Use

Even with condom use, it is still possible to spread disease. STD’s such as genital herpes, are often spread even with condom use. With this illness, lesions are sometimes found on the anus and upper thighs and are spread through skin to skin contact with an affected partner. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is spread through oral sex, and skin to skin contact. A condom does not always protect against these diseases.

Incorrect Condom Use Increases the Chances of Spreading STDS

While many people think using a condom protects them no matter what, this is a myth. In order to be most effective, the condom must be used properly. Otherwise, partners are putting themselves and others at increased risk for the spread of disease. Make sure never to use a condom more than once. Also, make sure the condom is fitted properly, rolled all the way down to the base of the penis. It is also important to be aware of indirect contact of a partner’s secretions. All of these factors are essential in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

While condoms are effective in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted disease, they are not 100% foolproof. Make sure you know the risks. If you need further assistance, talk to a counselor at an in-person STD testing service. They are trained in providing you with all the facts you need to make an informed decision.

Eileen O'Shanassy

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Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy

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