A male condom is a thin film cover that is placed over the penis. Condoms made from latex rubber are the most common type. For people who get skin irritation from latex, polyurethane condoms are a good choice. Condoms are either lubricated or non-lubricated.
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Correctly using male condoms and other barriers like female condoms and dental dams, every time, can reduce though not eliminate the risk of sexually transmitted diseases STDs , including human immunodeficiency virus HIV and viral hepatitis. They can also provide protection against other diseases that may be transmitted through sex like Zika and Ebola. Using male and female condoms correctly, every time, can also help prevent pregnancy. This website provides information for both consumers and public health professionals on the correct use of male and female condoms and dental dams, as well male condom effectiveness for STDs, and links to additional resources. These pages contain sexually graphic images and may not be suitable for some audiences. Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options Skip directly to A-Z link. Condom Effectiveness.
Condoms are a barrier method of contraception that, when used consistently and correctly, can prevent pregnancy by blocking the passage of semen into the vaginal canal. Condoms can also prevent the exchange of blood, semen, and vaginal secretions, which are the primary routes of STD transmission. In recent years, as a result of misinformation and insufficient research, the efficacy of condoms, especially in terms of STD prevention, has been debated in many forums. Research continues to show that condoms are one of the best methods of preventing unwanted pregnancy and are one of the only methods for sexually active individuals to protect themselves against STDs, including HIV.
Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted disease STD and human immunodeficiency virus HIV transmission. 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.