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Condoms are the only form of protection which can both help to stop the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV. Since condoms prevent the exchange of blood, semen, and vaginal secretions, which are the primary routes of STI transmission.
In recent years, as a result of misinformation and insufficient research, the efficacy of condoms, especially in terms of STI prevention, has been debated in many forums. Research continues to show that condoms are one of the best methods of preventing unwanted pregnancy and are one of the only methods for sexually active individuals to protect themselves against STIs, including HIV.
Natural rubber latex condoms, which have been available for years, are the most common and popular. Condoms are usually made out of latex or polyurethane. If possible, you should use a latex condom, as these are the most effective against viruses such as HIV, and in most countries, they are the type most readily available.
Condoms are now labeled with a size to give a better fit. The larger the width, the larger the size There is no standard length for condoms, though those made from natural rubber will in addition always stretch if necessary to fit the length of the man's erect penis. The width of a condom can also vary. Some condoms have a slightly smaller width to give a "closer" fit, whereas others will be slightly larger. Condoms, which have been properly tested and approved, carry the EEC Standard Mark (CE) and they should be ISO approved.
Types of condoms
The female condom has been available in Europe since 1992 and is now available in dozens of countries throughout the world It is a strong, soft, transparent polyurethane sheath inserted in the vagina before sexual intercourse, providing protection against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Female condoms are usually made of polyurethane or latex and are as effective against pregnancy and disease as male condoms. They are relatively new and more expensive than male condoms. This method allows a woman to protect herself from STIs as well as pregnancy.
Reasons to use condoms