Simply put, latex condoms provide a barrier to HIV infection. HIV and other STDS are passed when an infected person’s urethra or vagina come in contact with a partner’s mucosal surfaces, such as the male urethra, vagina or cervix. Condoms block the pathway of STD pathogens by protecting the wearer’s penis and a sex partner’s skin, genital secretions and mucosal surfaces. This prevents sexual transmission and acquisition of HIV and certain STDs.
Remember, HIV prevention from condoms is most effective when they are used consistently and correctly. So, always use a condom the right way, every time you have sex. For even more protection, you and/or your partner can take other preventive methods like PrEP. Learn more about what PrEP does and how you can get it here.
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