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Condom Fact Sheet In Brief
10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom | HowStuffWorks
Start the Countdown How many wrongs can you spot in this picture? So, they're a practical choice for people who want to have sex without making babies or passing around sexually transmitted infections — as long as they do it right. Male latex condoms, used consistently and correctly, are up to 94 percent effective at preventing the transmission of HIV and other STIs [source: WHO ] And as long as they're used consistently and correctly, they're also up to 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy [source:
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Sadly, the latest research suggests you might not be. Researchers from Indiana University analyzed 50 studies on condom usage, and after crunching the numbers on 16 years of data, they found a laundry list of errors. Could you be making one of them? Check out the top 15 things that couples are doing wrong when gearing up for getting down. Need motivation to wear a condom in the first place?
However, condom use cannot provide absolute protection against any STD. The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, many infected persons may be unaware of their infection because STDs often are asymptomatic and unrecognized. Evidence of condom effectiveness is also based on theoretical and empirical data regarding the transmission of different STDs, the physical properties of condoms, and the anatomic coverage or protection provided by condoms.