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Birth Control FAQs (cont.)

How do I prevent getting or spreading sexually transmitted diseases?

Sexually transmitted diseases are easily spread and can have serious consequences for your health and the health of a child if you become pregnant.

The male condom is the best way to protect yourself against getting or spreading a sexually transmitted disease such as genital herpes or chlamydia or more serious HIV (which leads to AIDS). Talk with your health care provider and your sexual partner about your concerns. Risks exist, even with condom use. Condoms can break during sexual intercourse. Using condoms correctly can minimize these risks.

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