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Consistent and correctly used condoms are very effective at preventing STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). When it comes to HIV, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.
Consistent and correctly used condoms are effective at preventing STDs like genital ulcer diseases, such as genital herpes, syphilis, and chancroid, only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected.
Consistent and correctly used condoms may reduce the risk for genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated diseases (e.g., genital warts and cervical cancer).
This means that if 100 women use condoms regularly over the course of a year, only 2% become pregnant.
However, the 2 percent condom failure rate, is not necessarily attributed to the condom quality issues or ineffectiveness in stopping the sperm from reaching the eggs. Instead the failure rate could be a result of human error such as misuse of condoms.