What is a condom?

A condom (male or female) is an artificial barrier which stops bodily fluids from mixing between one person to another during sexual activity. They remain the best way of stopping the spread of various sexually transmitted infections and diseases.

Condoms can be made out of latex, polyurethane or lambskin.

There are female condoms – which come in two types. One which is inserted into the vagina. They can be put inside up to eight hours before sex.

There is also the dental dam, usually a rectangle piece of latex, which covers the vaginal or anal area and acts as a barrier between someone’s mouth and vagina or anus.

What is a condom?
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And then there are male condoms are put on over the top of an erect penis and act as a barrier between a vagina, anus or mouth. Fluids from the penis are collected inside the tip of the condom.

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When used correctly condoms can be the most effective means of stopping sexually transmitted infections.

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