Using a condom correctly, every time you have anal, oral or vaginal sex protects you and your partners from getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, hepatitis B and syphilis; it is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Using a condom prevents unplanned pregnancies as well.

Although nothing except not having sex provides 100% protection, condoms are approximately 95% effective in preventing STDs and provide protection against pregnancy. But better safe than sorry—use another form of birth control (such as the pill, IUD, diaphragm, Depo-Provera) and a condom for greater prevention against both pregnancy and STDs.

Other forms of contraceptives alone do not protect you from getting HIV and other STDs.

Consistent and correct use of latex condoms...

  • is highly effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV;
  • reduces the risk for many STDs that are transmitted by genital fluids;
  • reduces the risk for genital ulcer diseases, when the infected area is protected;
  • may reduce the risk for HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases.

Condoms are available in different styles and colors and are available dry, lubricated and with spermicide.

Click here to order FREE condoms from the Community Distribution Center.