Sexually Transmitted Infections
How well do condoms help protect against HIV infection?
When used correctly and consistently, condoms can lower the risk of getting HIV by 85%. For men who have sex with men, ALWAYS using a condom decreased their odds of contracting HIV by 91% and only sometimes or never using a condom increased their chances of contracting HIV by 83%. In heterosexual pairings with one HIV positive partner, consistently using a condom reduced the risk of getting HIV by over 70%.
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More Sexually Transmitted Infections Q&A
Who is more at risk of becoming infected with an STI, men or women?
Are condoms the only effective way of preventing sexually transmitted infections?
Does having another STI place a person at greater risk of infection if they are exposed to HIV?
Does using a condom only some of the time offer any protection from STIs, including HIV?
What is the difference between a STD and STI?
What is HIV?
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