Before the invention of condoms, a handful of individuals have suffered greatly from Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs) for having sex with people whose sexual health they were not sure of. However, with the invention and proliferation of condoms, the rate of those suffering and dying of STDs plummeted, as people now believe that with the use of condoms, safe sex is practically guaranteed.
Yet, it may shock you to realize that condoms do not guarantee anyone total protection from STDs as there are several other diseases which can be contacted with or without the use of condoms. Details about common sexually transmitted diseases that are beyond condoms are revealed hereafter…
It is an established fact that condoms are used in preventing unwanted pregnancies and STIs which are transmitted through blood, semen or vaginal fluid. But STIs are not only transmissible through blood, semen or vaginal fluid, It is also transmitted through skin contact. That is, when the skin(i.e affected area) of an infected partner touches the skin of the other partner during sexual intercourse. There is a risk of contacting a particular STI present in an infected partner whether condom is used or not. It is so because, condoms do not cover every part of the reproductive organ, E.g the scrotum sac of a man using condom lays bare and exposed to risk, if there is an intercourse between such man and an infected lady.
At this juncture, it is important to highlight examples of STIs that can be contacted during sexual intercourse in defiance to the use of condoms.
1. Genital And Oral Herpes: Herpes is a contagious virus that leaves sores in the genitals or mouth of an affected individual. When such sore meets with the skin of a partner during sex, Herpes could be transmitted in defiance to the use of condoms.
2. Molluscum Contagiosum: M.C is another sexually transmitted virus that is present in the skin of an infected person in the form of bumps. Molluscum can be spread between parties once there is skin contact, whether condom is used or not.
3. Pubic Lice: Pubic lice(also known as crabs) easily affect those who do nothing about grooming. Keeping pubic hair may expose one to the risk of contacting pubic lice if sexual intercourse is struck with a carrier of pubic lice. The use of condoms has no value in preventing the spread of pubic lice.
4. HPV(Genital Warts): This is a very common STI which appears in the anus or genitals. It comes in the form of a small growth caused by a virus. This virus can be spread easily through skin contact with an infected person. That is, when the affected area meets the skin of an unaffected individual, a transmission takes place whether condom is used or not.
5. Syphilis: This is another common STI that defiles the use of condoms. Syphilis presents itself in the form of a sore. It is caused by a bacterium-“Treponema pallidum” Syphilis is like Herpes, but carriers of syphilis may not feel pains in affected areas. Syphilis can be spread to an individual during sexual intercourse, if the condom worn by its carrier does not cover the sore having the bacteria.
Now that you know that the use of condoms does not give 100% guarantee against contacting Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections, you should be sure of the sexual health of your partner before having sexual knowledge of each other. In any case, keeping one partner limits the risk of contacting STIs for any individual. While abstinence remains the best preventive measure for the unmarried; not condoms!