Can you get STI even after using condoms

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Can you get STI even after using condoms

Verified by Dr. Vaishali Sakpal Rane (MBBS, DGO Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DNB Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Condoms are crucial for those who are engaging in sexual activity. In addition to preventing conception, they also offer defence against STIs including chlamydia and HIV.

Most STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be prevented by using condoms. Condoms do not, however, protect you from all STIs, including syphilis, genital warts, and herpes, which can spread through skin-to-skin contact.

If someone is having sex, it's crucial that they get frequent STI testing, especially if it occurred with a new partner or if the person had unprotected sex (sex without a condom).


The risk of transmitting HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is decreased by using latex condoms consistently and correctly. Use of condoms, however, cannot guarantee complete immunity to any STD.

Can you get STI even after using condoms

Sexually transmitted diseases, which are often bacterial or viral, can be transferred by the following body fluids during sex:

  • Semen
  • Pre-cum is the fluid that exits the penis before ejaculation.
  • Vaginal fluid
  • Blood
  • Anal mucus

STIs are often spread during vaginal or anal intercourse, when they are carried in body fluids and are transferred from one person to another. Even if ejaculation doesn't take place inside the vagina or anus, this is still possible.

The lining of the anus is delicate and prone to injury, making it more susceptible to infection than other body areas, making anal intercourse particularly high-risk for the spread of STIs.


Oral intercourse is another way that STIs can be transmitted, especially if you or your partner has any injuries or sores around the mouth, genitalia, or anus. Sharing sex toys and fingering are two more dangerous behaviours.

Skin-to-skin contact can transfer certain STIs. If you have intercourse with someone who has genital herpes or warts, you might get sick from simply by skin to skin contact during sexual activity.

It's crucial to be tested because many STIs don't first manifest any symptoms. Some STIs, if untreated, can result in persistent discomfort and/or infertility. The great majority of people will often develop late-stage HIV (AIDS) if they obtain HIV and it is not identified or treated. Your immune system has been significantly compromised and is no longer able to fight infections if you have AIDS. Some of these infections can be fatal, and not all of them respond well to treatment.

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