Today I went to my doctor to get a pelvic examination as I've been having some weird symptoms down there. Through the examination the doctor said that from what she can see, I've most likely got an STD due to discharge, inflammation, etc.
I told her I'd never had unprotected sex, to which she then told me that condoms only have a 50% rate of protection from STDs. I was immediately skeptical, as we're all told that having sex with condoms keeps us 'safe'. After a bit of research though, I'm finding out that condoms are mostly effective against spreading HIV, but not so much other STDs like chlamydia, syphilis and HPV.
I'd always assumed I was protected if I used a condom, but it would seem that maybe there is no such thing as 'safe sex'? What does everyone else think?
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- 10-08-2009 14:41
- 10-08-2009 16:49
in a clinical world, ie boy puts it in, does the business, everyone leaves, it will protect against an STD. but obviously 'stuff' happens before a condom goes on so...
- 10-08-2009 16:52
STD's are not just passed through fluids which is mostly what a condom protects you from. If your genitals touch a guys genitals and he has an STD then there's every chance of catching it.
So it's not like stuff gets through the condom, its just infection can spread in other ways. A condom is the best chance you've got of protecting yourself still.
- 10-08-2009 18:35
There is no such thing as safe sex literally, condoms are just safer sex.
I think in the future when people discover what we did to protect ourselves from pregnancy and STDs, they will laugh.
- 11-08-2009 01:15
Here's the deal - don't sleep around.
- 19-04-2010 16:35
ooh i didnt know tht. nt good.
- 19-04-2010 16:54
In clinical trials, they are almost 99% effective. However, in real terms, it's far lower - as in, it's not just sex but also the stuff that goes on before (and if you're lucky, after) sex that can cause a problem, and some people (I'm not saying you're included in this) are also a bit silly and use vaseline as a lubricant and various other damaging things, too. So that does make sense.