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Condoms. How safe are they?

How effective are condoms in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases?

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).

How effective are condoms in protecting against unwanted pregnancy?

98% safe

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.

Medical facts about condoms

  • There is a great deal of research on the effectiveness of condoms.
  • Research including laboratory studies and epidemiologic studies have shown that latex condoms (and subsequently other studies on on materials such as polyurethane and polyisoprene) provide an effective barrier against even the smallest STD pathogens.
  • 1% of people in the world are allergic to latex and may find discomfort in using latex condoms.
  • When it comes to HIV,using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.
  • There is no medical reason why someone can’t use a condom. People with latex allergies can use latex-free condoms made of polyurethane and polyisoprene.
  • To achieve maximum protection when using condoms, they must be used consistently (every time) and correctly (including storage, using correct size and correct way to put on).
  • The failure of condoms to protect against STD/HIV transmission usually results from inconsistent or incorrect use, rather than product failure.
  • Inconsistent or nonuse of condoms can lead to becoming infected with an STD because transmission can occur with a single sex act with an infected partner.
  • People who use condoms feel their experiences are just as pleasurable as people who don’t. Moreover, safe sex means there is less stress and worry about catching an infection or getting pregnant, so people are free to enjoy themselves.

Other facts about condoms

  • There is a very wide range of penis sizes, both length and width (circumference). There is also a very wide range of condom sizes to match.
  • Condoms can vary in size (length and width), thickness, material, shape (some are flare-shaped, larger around the head), color, smell and added chemicals (such as condoms that prolong the ejaculation), lubrication and flavour.
  • Different countries use different standards of condom certifications, so condoms sold in the US and EU (highest standard of certification) may be more of better quality than the ones sold elsewhere.
  • To achieve certification in US and EU every condom must go through rigorous tests.
  • One of the most effective tests for condom is passing a current through a liquid within a condom to test for tears and holes, the tiniest hole would pass the current through and trigger an alarm.