Condoms are specifically designed to prevent penetration of the semen, which causes unwanted pregnancy, and s*xually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, Common STDs cannot be prevented by condoms. When used with utmost care, condoms can prevent a number of STDs like HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, Chlamydia, and others.

Let’s look at some common diseases that can infect you even if you use condoms regularly.

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Genital Herpes

This is spread by two types of viruses. They include herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. If you have $exual contacts with someone who has herpes sore, chances are that your skin will come into contact with its fluids even if you use a condom. Herpes lesions are usually found on part of the pelvis or groin which condoms don’t cover. Health experts recommend abstinence if you have visible signs of herpes. However, herpes can still be spread even if you don’t have any visible signs. Condoms cannot sufficiently protect you against genital herpes or herpes type 2. Recently, it has been discovered that oral herpes can be spread through $exual contact. At an advanced stage, chances of contracting genital herpes are high when there are visible symptoms. You are less likely to contract genital herpes if there are no visible signs.

Syphilis

The main symptoms of syphilis include a painless sore or ulcer. And why can’t condom protect you against contracting syphilis? It’s mainly because syphilis is a highly contagious disease when the sore is present. Close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person puts you at a higher of getting infected. Shockingly, the symptoms may not manifest at an early stage but if untreated, syphilis can be fatal or may lead to serious health complications including heart disease and mental impairment. Unless the chancre is covered, a condom is not going to protect you against syphilis.

HPV

A human papillomavirus (HPV) happens to be the most common $exually transmitted disease for $exually active individuals who have many partners. Certain strains cause genital warts but others don’t. This means you can get infected by a person without any visible signs. Skin contact can spread HPV even in the cases where there are no noticeable symptoms. Researchers have found that there are certain types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. Though it is evident that condoms put you at a lower risk of contracting cervical cancer, there is no proof that they can prevent the spread of HPV. Additionally, there is no male STD test for HPV and that’s why it is usually passed on unknowingly to partners.

Molluscum

Though it doesn’t trigger serious health complications and is mostly asymptomatic, molluscum is a virus that manifests as tiny bumps on the skin. According to Tami Rowen, M.D., a gynaecologist at UCSF Medical Center and a specialist in $exual health concerns, this condition is mostly passed on between kids but $exually transmitted in adults. Getting into directs skin-to-skin contact with an infected person puts you at a higher risk of contracting this virus even if you use a condom.

Pubic Lice

Improvements in hygiene and social standards have significantly contributed to a decline in the spread of pubic lice. However, condoms can’t shield you from getting public lice especially if you prefer spending in lodges. Lice lay their eggs and live in the hair, mattresses, and blankets. Just like bugs, it is hard to completely eliminate lice in public places. And there is no way a condom will keep you safe. Sorry to say, but a good number of $exual workers are already infested with lice.

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