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Goals

Section 1
Section 2

- Information
- Objectives
- Male Condom
- Properties
> Latex
- Plastic
- Correct Use
- Breakage
- Behaviors
- Cautions
- Protection
- Female
- Characteristics
- Use
- Spermicides
- Characteristics
- Correct Use
- Preferences
- Diaphragm
- Characteristics
- Considerations
- Correct Use
- Fitting
- Follow-up
- Sponge
- New Methods

Section 3

Summary

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Section 2 - Method Information

Characteristics of the Male Latex Condom

  • Only method recommended for prevention of all types of STDs, including HIV
  • May reduce sensation
  • Can help man with premature ejaculation
  • Can be damaged by oil-based lubricants, heat, humidity or light
  • Widely available

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As we have discussed, the male condom is the only barrier method that has been proven to protect against the transmission of all types of STDs, including HIV. However, STD transmission is possible if genital lesions are present outside the area covered by the condom. The male condom is also known to have a protective effect against cervical cancer, which has been associated with human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus.

The male condom is safe for virtually everyone, except for the rare person who is allergic to latex. The male condom may reduce sensation to the penis due to the lack of heat transfer and due to constriction from the tight fit. This may pose a problem for men who have difficulty maintaining an erection during intercourse. However, it may help men who have premature ejaculation.

Latex condoms can be damaged by exposure to oil-based lubricants, excessive heat, humidity or light. The male condom is widely available and accessible in most parts of the world.

 

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