STDs and Pregnancy

CONDOM FAQ’s

Kyle:  Won’t a condom protect me from pregnancy and STD’s?

P2 Crew:  Condoms do not provide complete protection from STD’s or pregnancy.  Typical use of condoms fails to prevent pregnancy 15% of the time.  STD infection can occur in both males and females whether or not condom is used.  The only safe sex is having a safe partner.  A safe partner is either 1) Someone that has never had sex with another person (no genital contact) or 2) If they have had sex before, they have been tested AND have not had sex for 1-2 years.  The only way to completely protect yourself is to Avoid the Risk.

Rachel: So if we’re both virgins, we’re safe then, right?

P2 Crew:  Well, answer this…
1. Are they telling you the truth?  How do you know?
2. What is their definition of “sexual activity”?  (handjobs count too, ya know)
3. Do you know for sure that this is the only person that YOU will have sex with for the rest of your life?  When you’re a teen, relationships can begin and end quickly.  Think about it.

Jon:  Why don’t you encourage teens to use condoms (or other contraceptives) on your site?  What about safe sex?

P2 Crew:  As professional health educators, it’s our job to deliver the facts and let you make the best choice for yourself.  After all, you’re trusting us to tell you the WHOLE truth and not hold back some of the facts.  The truth is that condoms are NOT 100% effective. 

We would be giving you a false sense of security by telling you it’s “safe” with a condom (or other contraceptive).

Safe sex?  … When most people refer to “safe sex”, they are talking about having sex while using a condom or other form of contraception.  Like we said above, this IS NOT 100% safe!  Is it safer?  Yes, it can reduce the risk, BUT what would YOU rather do… A. Try to reduce your risk of getting an STD or becoming a teen parent or take a chance?  Or… B. Avoid the Risk and be 100% SURE that you’re safe? 

Remember, the only way to have safe sex is to have a safe partner.  This means a partner that has only been with you and you’ve only been with them and you are committed for life.  That’s why we encourage people to wait to have sex until marriage.  This ensures that they have a safe partner, which equals safe sex, including avoiding the risk.  Once you’re married, have at it and go wild!  We actually believe that you have the self-control to wait and Avoid the Risk.   

Get the Facts on Condoms

Typical couples using condoms for pregnancy prevention experience a 15% Failure Rate per year (Hatcher, R.A., Contraceptive Technology)

“Our studies conclude that condoms are NOT effective in protecting against most STDs.”
(Alan Guttmacher Institute)

“Simply put, condoms fail, and condoms fail at a rate unacceptable for me as
a physician to endorse them as a strategy to be promoted as meaningful AIDS protection.”

(Dr. Robert Renfield / Chief of Retro-Viral Research, Walter Reed Army Institute)

Consistent condom use (100%) during vaginal
sex reduces your risk for:

  • HIV: 85%
  • HPV: 50% or less
  • Herpes: 50% or less
  • Syphilis: About 50%
  • Chlamydia: About 50%
  • Gonorrhea: About 50%

While condoms can help reduce the PHYSICAL risks of sex, they do not reduce the EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, and FINANCIAL  RISKS.  Remember that there are many other risks involved.

The Pill, the Patch, and all that Jazz

  • Most contraceptive failures result from incorrect or inconsistent use.
  • 1 in 5 tens age 12 to 18 using “the pill” get pregnant within 6 months.
  • 1 in 5 teens under 18 using condoms get pregnant within 1 year.

Contraception & STD’s

  • Some contraceptives may even increase the risk of certain infections
    • Birth control pills – chlamydia
    • Diaphrams with spermicides – bacterial vaginosis
    • IUDs – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
    • Depo-Provera – chlamydia & gonorrhea

(The Medical Institute)

Not feeling fully protected by a condom or contraceptive device?  It may be best to Avoid the Risk.