Condoms – a false sense of security
People who have several different sex partners are at a higher risk of catching a condyloma infection than others. This group consists almost exclusively of sexually active young people who have not yet settled down. In fact, research shows that a significant part of condyloma patients at youth clinics and health centres belong to the above mentioned group of sexually active young people.
A condom provides some protection
The only safe way to avoid a condyloma infection is not to engage in sexual intercourse with an infected person. The next best alternative is to use a condom. Condoms are said to provide a protection of about 50 % against the disease. In other words, the risk of infection during unprotected sex with an infected person, which is 80-90 %, can be reduced to 50 % if you use a condom. The reason why a condom fails to provide 100 % protection is that it does not cover all infected surfaces on the skin, like the root of the penis and the anus. On the other hand, a condom can provide up to 100 % protection against chlamydia and gonorrhoea.