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5 STDs You Can Contact Inspite Of Wearing A Condom


Condoms are very good at preventing sexually transmitted diseases by blocking the exchange of genital fluids but the problem is they don’t entirely prevent the transmission of all STDs because some STDs can be transmitted by skin to skin contact.

If you have multiple sex partners, it’s very important to get regularly tested.

Here are 5 STDs You Can Contact While Wearing A Condom

1. Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is a common STD marked by genital sores and pain.

It usually results in sores or lesions on the upper thighs, genitals or anus. Transmission of infection is possible since some sores or lesions are found in areas that are exposed during condom use.

Genital Herpes spreads very easily, over 1.5 million people are affected by it yearly. It has no cure presently, but there are certain treatment that could help those with the condition.

2. Molluscum Contagiosum
This is a skin infection caused by the Molluscum contagiosum virus. This condition spreads through contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. The virus causes tiny little bumps on the skin. The small bumps usually appear about two months from the time of infection.

This infection known to spread easily, affects more than 100 thousand people per year in Nigeria alone.

Fortunately, Molluscum Contagiosum can be easily treated and resolved within months.

3. HPV (human papillomavirus)
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease globally. It is so common that most people will get infected at one time or the other in their lives. It manifests as genital warts in some cases. These warts can be found on the genitals; its presence in areas not covered by a condom makes infection easy. Even without genital warts, HPV infection can occur skin to skin.

This virus has no cure and warts may go away on their own. Treatment focuses on removing warts.

Over time, warts or precancerous lesions increase the risk of cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth, or throat and this makes the virus a big health risk compared to the others.

4. Syphilis
Syphilis is a highly contagious disease spread by sexual activities like vaginal, anal and oral sex. Fortunately, this std is treatable. Syphilis has fewer cases in Nigeria than the others (fewer than 100 thousand cases per year).

Syphilis manifests as a round, firm sore. Wearing a condom decreases the risks of getting infected, but if the sores are located in areas not covered by the condom, it can be transmitted.

5. Pubic Lice (crab lice)
Pubic lice or crab lice are very small insects that feeds exclusively on blood. It infest your genital area. Public lice is common among teenagers and adults who keep a full pubic hair. The lice are spread sexually by skin to skin contact.

You can also be infected after sharing bedding, clothing and through toilet seats.

You can alleviate the condition by improving your body hygiene by bathing regularly and shaving a lot more, but visiting your healthcare provider is also a good idea. Use an over-the-counter lotion or anti-lice shampoo to remove the lice and its eggs

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