STD Prevention: Learn How To Use Condoms Correctly
When using condoms and other barriers for safer sex, it’s important to follow the instructions on the box. Using condoms correctly makes them more effective.
Follow these safety precautions when using condoms:
Check the expiration date.
Make sure the condom package has an air bubble, which shows it hasn’t been punctured.
Put the condom on correctly.
Always leave room at the tip.
Unroll the condom onto the penis, not before it goes on.
Use condom-safe lubricant during intercourse.
Hold onto the condom when withdrawing after sex, so that it doesn’t slip off.
Dispose of the condom properly.
Never take a condom off and try to put it on again.
Never reuse a condom.
Condoms and other barriers are very good at preventing the exchange of infected bodily fluids. They can also help to minimize skin-to-skin contact. This reduces the transmission of diseases that spread through touch.
However, it doesn’t prevent transmission entirely.
STDs that spread through skin-to-skin contact include:
If you’re in a sexual relationship with someone who has herpes, they may want to talk to their doctor about suppressive therapy.
This type of therapy helps to prevent herpes outbreaks. It also helps to prevent transmission, but it doesn’t cure the infection.
It’s important to know that herpes can be spread even if the individual doesn’t have an active outbreak.