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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Will using a condom prevent most STD’s or STi’s?

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  • Prof Brian Morris

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    Condoms, when used consistently and applied before sexual exposure, provide 80% protection against HIV infection, approx. 50% protection against genital warts and cancer-causing HPV, and reasonably good protection agaisnt sexually transmitted urethritis such as Chlamydia and gonorrhoeae. Since many people do not apply the condom until just before penetration the partner may have already been infected during foreplay. A circumcised male is less likely to be infected with HIV, HPV, genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid and some other STIs, but not chlamydia or gonorrhoeae. A women is at lower risk of most STIs if her male partner is circumcised. Since circumcision does not provide 100% reduction in risk to men or women, a condom should always be used during sex with a partner who might be infected. BOTH circumcision and condoms are better than either alone.

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