Condom Effectiveness Facts
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When used properly latex condoms are very effective in preventing
the sexual transmission of HIV ( during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse).
Latex condoms are also a safeguard in preventing pregnancy as well as several
sexually transmitted infections ( STIs). Condom use lowers
women's risk of developing cervical cancer, a disease related to HIV (Genital
Warts). Continuous use of condoms can also help people clear HPV infection and/or
reduce the risk of re-infection.
CONDOM HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING HIV INFECTION
transmission of HIV occurs when infected semen, vaginal
or other body fluids contact mucosal surfaces, example male urethra,
the vagina and anus. In a two year study in which one partner was
HIV infected and one
was not ( HIV negative) no uninfected partner became infected among
couples using condom correctly and consistently at every act of vaginal,
anal and oral sex. A similar two year study showed 2% uninfected partners
became HIV infected, which using condoms.
A recent study in Uganda showing a decline in HIV, showed no evidence that
abstinence or monogamy played a roll in the decline. Findings identified the
increased use of condoms in casual relationships as paramount in Ugandas
declining HIV rates.
CONDOMS ARE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING SOME STI's
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and trichomoniasis
are transmitted by infected semen or vaginal fluids which come in
contact with musosal surfaces. Condoms block the discharge of semen
and protect the male urethra against contact with vaginal secretions.
Condom provide a good level of protect or against these STI's.
Condoms provide protection against genital ulcer STI's such as genital herpes,
syphilis and chancroid which are spread through mucosal surfaces or infected
skin. Because these STI's may be transmitted across skin not protected or covered
by the condom, condoms provide a lesser degree of security against them.
CONDOM EFFECTIVENESS IN REDUCING RISK OF HPV AND CERVICAL CANCER
Almost all case of cervical cancer are caused by
Over 3 million women in the United States are newly infected each
year with HPV. It is estimated that 51,000 develop cervical cancer.
Regular pap smears can detect pre-cancerous conditions before cervical
cancer develops. This gives Doctors time to prevent cervical cancer.
In a 28 month study with 123 college women, researchers found sexually active
women who used condoms consistently were much less likely to contract HPV
than women who had not used condoms. In one study, men who used condoms consistently
had reduced the risk for penile HPV infection. Another Study showed the men
consistently using condoms had a lower incidence of anal HPV infection. One
study showed men who consistently wore condoms showed a factor regression in
penile HPV lesions than men who did not use condoms.
CONDOMS ARE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING UNWANTED PREGNANCY
In a one year study 2% of every 100 couples using condoms consistently
pregnancy. That was just 2 pregnancies from an estimated 8,300
acts of sexual intercourse. Condoms are an easy, cost effective, and
safe way to prevent against pregnancy. Condoms are 99.9% safe when
it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancies and are also a great way
to protect against any STI's you might pick up from a partner.
Reference: Center for Disease Control