The importance of Safe sex


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The Importance of Safe Sex

Timmy Lampp
Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Disease Increased in 2014, officials say. Reported cases of gonorrhea and syphilis also increased, the Centers for Disease Control said. Reported Chlamydia cases in 2014 totaled more than 1.4 million, up almost 3 percent from 2013.

Preventing the Spread

Condom use can help prevent the spread of STD's such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV/AIDS. Condoms can also be used on sex toys to prevent the spread of STD's and for easy clean-up as well. 

Preventing Pregnancy

When used consistently and correctly, condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy and are the only form of birth control that also can prevent STIs. A recent American Psychological Association (APA) press release supported the inclusion of information about condoms in sex education saying, "comprehensive sexuality education programs... discuss the appropriate use of condoms," and "promote condom use for those who are sexually active." 

Materials

Condoms are made with several different materials: Natural Latex, Synthetic, Lambskin.  Natural Latex has outstanding elastic properties. Every latex condom is tested for holes with an electric current. If the condom passes, it is rolled and packaged. The most common non-latex condoms are made from polyurethane. Condoms may also be made from other synthetic materials, such as AT-10 resin, and most recently. polysoprene 

Lambskin Condoms

Condoms made from sheep intestines, labeled "lambskin", are also available. Although they are generally effective as a contraceptive by blocking sperm, it is presumed that they are likely less effective than latex in preventing the transmission of agents that cause STDs. 

Common Errors

There is a study showing 95% of young men who have sex with men (MSM) make errors when using condoms. So what were some of the most common errors made by young MSM? 59% did not squeeze air out of the condom, 42% used an oil-based lube, and 25% started having sex before they put on the condom. 
These kinds of errors increased condom breakage and slippage. In other words, if you don’t use condoms correctly they don’t work as well to protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. When used correctly condoms are very effective at preventing HIV.