Condoms do not protect against all STDs

Updated 2019 02 13: Added links to related articles.
Updated 2019 05 13. to add more information.

Condoms do not protect against all STDs.  They are not safe and do not protect against many sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, the promised safety of condoms is an illusion and a false promise. Here are two STDs that condoms do not and cannot protect anyone from contracting.

  • Human Papillomavirus
  • HIV infections — “And it’s not as if governments don’t know. A study by Dr. R.F. Carey of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported in the same period that “leakage of HIV-sized particles through latex condoms [is] detectable for as many as 29 of 89 condoms tested.” These were brand new, pre-approved condoms. But Roland says a closer reading of Carey’s data actually yields a 78% HIV-leakage rate, ….As one U.S. surgeon memorably put it, “The HIV virus can go through a condom like a bullet through a tennis net.”….Handing a student a condom to protect against AIDS is like giving him an overcoat to walk across a battlefield. Meanwhile, strict avoidance of sex with infected partners gives a 5,000-fold increase in protection.” (Source: Condomania, by William Gairdner)

Search the Internet for more information on that.  It’s not a secret, for example:

  • These Are The STIs That Condoms Don’t Protect Against

«”Condoms used properly and consistently are effective in preventing transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia,”Fahimeh Sasan, D.O., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells SELF. That’s because latex is an effective barrier that’s impermeable to STI pathogens, the CDC says. (Note: Lambskin condoms are effective for preventing pregnancy but should not be used for STI prevention, as the small particles are able to penetrate them.

The problem is that not all STIs are spread through semen, meaning a condom may not be the magic shield you thought it was. “Anything that can be spread with skin-to-skin contact is not going to be protected for by a condom,” Tami Rowen, M.D., an ob/gyn at UCSF Medical Center specializing in sexual health concerns, tells SELF.)» (A list and more follows.)

  • Condom Fact Sheet In Brief

CDC — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“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. However, many infected persons may be unaware of their infection because STDs often are asymptomatic and unrecognized.”  (Much more)

So, be safe.  Don’t take safety for granted when using a condom.  Condoms are not inherently safe.


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