What Does My Blood Test Report Indicate?
Skin to skin contact can still transmit many STIs
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I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Condoms provide a reasonable amount of protection in the matters of HIV and STI prevention but there are other aspects of multiple sexual relationships that you need to consider - the social context as well as the relationship dynamics. Keep in consideration that multiple sexual relationships can have damaging effect of relations.
Coming to the context of HIV and STIs, please note that Condoms are 82% effective and not 100%. The transmission of HIV or STIs either involves exchange of bodily secretions or direct contact with open sores (as in case of herpes). Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of protection for various STDs, depending on differences in how the diseases or infections are transmitted. Male condoms may not cover all infected areas or areas that could become infected. Thus, they are likely to provide greater protection against STDs that are transmitted only by genital fluids (STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HIV infection) than against infections that are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact, which may or may not infect areas covered by a condom (STDs such as genital herpes, human papillomavirus [HPV] infection, syphilis, and chancroid). Moreover, to achieve maximum protection by using condoms, they must be used consistently and correctly. Keep these factors in consideration.
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