Most people tend to believe condoms protect against all STDs. This is not the case at all. If it is the only way to protect against the AIDS virus, a simple skin-to-skin contact is enough, however, to contract other STIs.
Some other STIs you can contract with condoms include: hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Human papillomaviruses (HPV), Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, genital herpes, Fungal infections, Mycoplasma, and Trichomoniasis:
Here are 10 STIs you can contract with condoms:
1 – Hepatitis B
In some cases, hepatitis B transmission occurs through saliva. That’s why we say we should not drink or tongue kissing people we don’t know. Hepatitis B is mainly transmitted during unprotected oral sex or cunnilingus. That’s why you should always put on a condom, even if it’s “fair” for a little treat. Transmission is also through blood (needle sharing) as well as from mother to child.
2 – Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is transmitted through the blood. In other words, it can happen during sexual intercourse, if one is in contact with blood or injured mucous membranes. Contamination is also done by sharing a syringe or sniffing equipment.
3 – Human papillomaviruses (HPV)
Papillomaviruses are transmitted by any sexual contact (oral, vaginal, anal, penis), as well as by simple sexual caresses. Symptoms may appear 1 to 8 weeks after infection. Small painless warts, called condylomas, appear on the genitals.
4 – Chlamydia
Abnormal vaginal discharge, itching, redness of the mucous membranes, burning when urinating … these are the symptoms of chlamydia. It is transmitted by sexual caresses and cunnilingus, oral sex or rimming.
5 – Syphilis
Syphilis is transmitted by sexual contact (oral, vaginal, anal, penis), by contact with a skin lesion or by blood contact, when sharing syringes for example. It is characterized by the appearance of a small, painless wound on the skin or mucous membranes. Sometimes rashes appear.
6 – Gonorrhea
The symptoms can appear 2 to 7 days after the contamination: burning can occur when urinating, flow yellow or greenish by the vagina and fever can also be experienced. It is transmitted by any unprotected sexual contact, be it a little treat or a sexual caress.
7 – Fungal infections
Itching, creamy vaginal discharge, burning, general malaise … For sure, it is one of worst fungal infections one can have. It is transmitted by caresses and sexual contacts. If it does not matter, it’s extremely embarrassing, and can lead to really bad vaginal odor.
8 – Genital herpes
Vesicles filled with liquids and small pimples that appear on the genitals are often the first indications of genital herpes. Generally, it is very painful. This infection is transmitted by any contact with the vesicles.
9 – Trichomoniasis
The parasite passes from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. In women, the most commonly infected part of the body is the lower genital tract (vulva, vagina, cervix, or urethra). In men, the most commonly infected body part is the inside of the penis (urethra). During sex, the parasite usually spreads from a penis to a vagina, or from a vagina to a penis. It can also spread from a vagina to another vagina. Probable signs include discharge from the penis, anus or vagina, burning and itching.
10 – Mycoplasma
Mycoplasmas are small bacteria that can cause urethritis, salpingitis and violent fever. As for STIs, it is transmitted through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of infected people especially when they cough and sneeze. Transmission is thought to require prolonged close contact with an infected person.