Awareness of the risks of STDs and potential exposure to STDs
has increased rapidly in recent years, making barrier methods
an important method for consideration. A growing number of individuals
wish to have protection both for pregnancy and STDs.
When used consistently and correctly, condoms can be used for
the dual purpose of preventing pregnancy and STDs, including
HIV. For women at increased risk of STDs who cannot persuade
their male partners to use a male condom, spermicides, the female
condom and the diaphragm with spermicide are possible choices
for both pregnancy and disease prevention. Barrier methods can
also be used in combinations, providing more protection.