Sexually transmitted diseases, even if using a condom

The condom is one of the surest protections against sexually transmitted diseases.

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However, the condom does not provide 100% protection. There are sexually transmitted diseases that you can contract even if you use a condom.

Here are the sexually transmitted diseases that you can get even if you use a condom:

HPV infection
HPV infection or Human Papilloma Virus is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, because you can get it even if you use a condom. Unlike men, women are more exposed to this disease.

According to studies, up to 80% of sexually active women are infected with HPV along their lives, and 50% of men are carriers of the virus and can transmit this disease to their sexual partners.

Human Papilloma Virus features over 100 strains, but two of these, HPV 16 and 18 are responsible for 70% of cases of cervical cancer. Also, these strains are dangerous even for men, because they can lead to colorectal and penile cancer.

Other strains can cause warts, genital or anal papillomas; however they are not carcinogenic. So far there is no treatment for the HPV infection. Generally, the warts disappear on their own within two years, however, the infection remains in the body. To detect infection, you should do the Pap test.

Genital herpes
Genital herpes can be transmitted even if you use a condom. This is caused by two viruses: HSV1 (especially with the oral action) and HSV2 (affecting especially the genital area). Once contacted, these viruses cannot be treated.

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Initially, the infection does not show any symptoms, but within a couple of days you may experience itching, inflammation, and blisters around genitals, which subsequently turn into crust.

Pubic lice
Pubic lice can be transmitted even through protected sexual intercourse. Their removal should include a very thorough cleansing of clothes, bed linen, and personal underwear.

Gonorrhoea, hepatitis
Even if the risks are lower, these sexually transmitted diseases – gonorrhoea, hepatitis A or C or HIV virus – can be transmitted even if you use a condom, if you enter in direct contact with the sores, blood or secretions of the infected person.

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