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How to Use a Condom

How to Use a Condom Overview

Among the many barrier methods of birth control, the condom for men is used most often. Both male and female condoms are reviewed here. Condoms are inexpensive and available in many convenient locations, without a doctor's prescription. In addition to preventing pregnancy, if used properly, a condom may also protect users from infecting a sex partner with a sexually transmitted disease.

Although no form of birth control is 100% effective, the condom can be quite effective if it is put on correctly.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Medical Authors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad St?ppler, MD

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In addition, correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including discharge and genital ulcer diseases. While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease.

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