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How do condoms work?

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Condoms work by blocking many viruses, bacteria, and other infectious particles. Male latex condoms are the most common barrier used for safe sex. They fit snugly around the head and shaft of the penis. Female condoms fit inside the vagina. Both come in non-latex forms for people allergic to latex.

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

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