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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
|josh555 - Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:54 am|
I'm looking for a list of STD that using a condom cannot protect me from.
I understand a condom is not 100% safe and I would like to add a few more measurements for general protection, but first I want to know what to lookout for even when using a condom.
|Shana Johnson, CNA - Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:46 am|
Condoms cannot always protect from genitial herpes if there is an outbreak, and you have open sores on your genitals. Stds can also be spread through oral sex.
STDs are spread through blood or body fluids that find a break in the skin, meaning, semen, tears, and blood that enter any opening in yrou body, such as a cut, or through sexual acts can transmit STDs.
The only way to be 100% certain you cannot contract an STD is by abstaining from sex.
|josh555 - Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:52 am|
thanks for the reply. :)
I understand I can never be 100% safe, but I want to be safer without commeting to the sex partner.
what other equipment can I use other than a condom?
|Shana Johnson, CNA - Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:37 pm|
A dental dam can be used during oral sex. It creates a barrier between the vagina and your mouth.
|Shana Johnson, CNA - Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:39 pm|
I would suggest to you that when you meet someone you feel you want to have a sexual relationship with, you ask if that person has been tested for STDs. Tell them you do not want to have a sexual relationship with them until they are given a clean bill of health.
|Dr. Anthony Solomon - Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:55 pm|
Add the following to the list of diseases that can be contracted sexually through close bodily contact irrespective of whether a condom is used or not:
Pediculosis pubis commonly known as pubic lice;
Sarcoptes scabiei, commonly known as scabies;
Fungal infections commonly known as ringworm.
Dr Anthony Solomon
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine
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