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What are condoms?

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Condoms prevent pregnancies and STDs. They create a barrier that keeps semen and other body fluids out of the vagina, rectum, or the mouth.

There are condoms for men and for women -- but don't use both at the same time. One can stick to the other and pull it out of place or tear it.

From: The Hard Facts on Condoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Teens Health: “Condoms.”

Columbia University: “Five kinds of condoms: A guide for consumers.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Virginia Tech: “Condoms and spermicides.”

World Health Organization: “Nonoxynol-9 ineffective in preventing HIV infection.”

Columbia University: “Do textured condoms heighten sexual pleasure?”

Planned Parenthood: “Condom.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Genital HPV infection - fact sheet.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Teens Health: “Condoms.”

Columbia University: “Five kinds of condoms: A guide for consumers.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Virginia Tech: “Condoms and spermicides.”

World Health Organization: “Nonoxynol-9 ineffective in preventing HIV infection.”

Columbia University: “Do textured condoms heighten sexual pleasure?”

Planned Parenthood: “Condom.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Genital HPV infection - fact sheet.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

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