Although condoms are one of the safer alternative to abstinence, it appears that in a recent study that condoms are not fool proof. Condom can fail from ten percent of the time, all the way up to eighty percent when it comes to STD’s. This percentage varies with the type of STD.
More over, the STD’s HIV, genital herpes, syphilis, and HPV are spread through skin to skin contact with parts of the body that are not protected by the male or female condom. This means if you are supposedly having “safe sex” (using a condom) you are still at risk for contracting an STD with physical touch.
The best way to prevent an STD is to abstain from sex. If you are having sex, keep in mind that using a condom is not a fool proof way to not contract an STD. If you are having sex you should get tested annually.