Condoms for HPV Prevention

Non-monogamous men who always used condoms with their non-steady partners had a 30% higher probability of clearing an oncogenic HPV infection compared with  those who did not use condoms.

Non-monogamous men who always used condoms with their non-steady partners had a 30% higher probability of clearing an oncogenic HPV infection compared with those who did not use condoms.

Journal of Infectious Diseases indicated that when sexually active men frequently use condoms, their risk for HPV was reduced.  Unlike many STIs that are transmitted through bodily fluids, HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.  According to researchers, consistent condom use offers limited protection against genital HPV infections and can help men clear existing HPV infections. The protective effects were strongest among men engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors like casual sex, and among those involved in non-monogamous relationships. Public Health officials encourage condom use and HPV vaccination for maximum protection. Since condom use is difficult to measure, in the future studies plan on including both qualitative and quantitative methods to more accurately assess consistency and correct use of condoms.

The report is here.

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