Skin-Transmitted STDs That Condoms Can’t Protect You From

Skin-Transmitted STDs That Condoms Can't Protect You From

Condoms are specifically designed to prevent penetration of the semen, which causes unwanted pregnancy, and s*xually transmitted diseases.

Unfortunately, not all STDs can be prevented by condoms. Let’s look at some common diseases that can infect you even though you use condoms very often.

Genital Herpes

 This is spread by two types of viruses. They include herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. If you have $exual contacts with someone who has herpes sore, chances are that your skin will come into contact with its fluids even if you use a condom. Herpes lesions are usually found on part of the pelvis or groin which condoms don’t cover.


The main symptoms of syphilis include a painless sore or ulcer. And why can’t condom protect you against contracting syphilis? It’s mainly because syphilis is a highly contagious disease when the sore is present. Close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person puts you at a higher of getting infected.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) happens to be the most common $exually transmitted disease for $exually active individuals who have many partners. Skin contact can spread HPV even in the cases where there are no noticeable symptoms.


Though it doesn’t trigger serious health complications and is mostly asymptomatic, molluscum is a virus that manifests as tiny bumps on the skin. Getting into direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person puts you at a higher risk of contracting this virus even if you use a condom.

Pubic Lice

Condoms can’t shield you from getting public lice especially if you prefer spending in lodges. Lice lay their eggs and live in the hair, mattresses, and blankets. Just like bugs, it is hard to completely eliminate lice in public places. And there is no way a condom will keep you safe.