HPV and warts can still be transmitted even with a condom, as they do not offer 100% protection and are not entirely effective. There are areas of friction that the condom does not cover, and this skin-to-skin contact can be a focal point for virus transmission.
How likely is it to get HPV with a condom?
Studies have shown that the use of condoms reduces the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases by 80 to 90%, as in the case of HIV.
However, when it comes to HPV, the effectiveness significantly decreases, reducing the percentage to between 30 to 60%.
HPV can be transmitted just by skin-to-skin contact without sexual penetration. This is one of the reasons why condom use does not provide 100% effectiveness during sexual intercourse. You can even get infected by sharing towels or sheets with an infected person.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to use condoms whenever you have sexual intercourse, be it with a steady or casual partner. You should also use condoms or latex barriers during oral or anal sex.
Why don’t condoms provide 100% protection from HPV?
Condoms are highly effective in protecting against certain sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. However, when there are cuts, sores, or warts in the genital area, their effectiveness significantly decreases.
The main problem is that condoms do not protect areas such as the base of the penis in men and the labia in women, which are where the virus can be transmitted.
The most high-risk sexual activity is penetration, either vaginal or anal, where condom use is necessary. But you should also be careful in lower-risk activities, such as sharing sex toys or oral sex.
Condom or no condom?
Therefore, condom use is recommended in 100% of cases when you have sexual intercourse, whether occasional or permanent. It not only decreases the possibility of contracting HPV or other STDs, but is also highly effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Moreover, it is advisable to use a condom throughout the entire sexual act, not just during penetration.
The most protective condoms are made of latex, although some people are allergic to this material. The alternative is polyurethane condoms, but they are more fragile and often break during sex.
Female condoms consist of a sheath that is placed in the vagina or anus. They are made of a synthetic latex called nitrile, which is very effective in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases, although not 100%. The recommendation is to always use condoms, even if you have been vaccinated against HPV.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I use a condom if I have HPV?
Yes, although keep in mind that the condom often does not provide full protection.
Should I wear a condom if my wife has HPV?
Yes, although bear in mind that you could still contract HPV even so.
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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