Jill Grimes' STD quiz

3. Condoms, used correctly, do a very good job in preventing:

ANSWER: C. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and trichomonas.

Correctly used condoms work extremely well to prevent the transmission of STDs that are transmitted via semen or body fluids, which are gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and trichomonas. Condoms still have a failure rate of 11% when used correctly, and in average usage, that failure rate is closer to 20% because of inconsistent use, breakage and putting on the condom after initiating sexual intimacy. Condoms also significantly reduce the spread of herpes and HPV; however, know that these STDs (along with syphilis and pubic lice) can be spread beyond the area covered by a condom (so condoms cannot provide complete protection.)

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