Using male condoms the right way, every time, can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis, as well as other diseases that may be transmitted through sex like Zika virus and Ebola. Using male condoms the right way, every time, can also help prevent pregnancy.
This Web site provides information for both consumers and public health professionals on correct condom use and condom effectiveness for STDs, and links to additional resources.
- The Right Way to Use a Male Condom - This page contains sexually graphic images and may not be suitable for some audiences
- Condoms and STDs: Fact Sheet for Public Health Personnel
- Condoms and STDs: Fact Sheet in Brief
Additional CDC Resources for Consumers
- Learn about male and female condoms and their effectiveness in HIV Prevention Basics.
- How effective are birth control methods?
- For Teens: Teen Pregnancy
- Teen Pregnancy Brochure: It’s your future. You can protect it. Know how to use a condom the right way, every time
Additional CDC Resources for Public Health Professionals
- Selected References
- STD Clinical Prevention Guidelines
- CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Care Providers
- Learn about condom distribution as a structural level intervention for HIV prevention.
- Page last reviewed: February 19, 2016
- Page last updated: February 19, 2016
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