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Condoms can give you protection against many sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as protecting a woman from an unwanted pregnancy, but they need to be used carefully.

The only way to be 100% sure of not getting an STI is not having sex at all, but condoms reduce the risks of passing on many serious infections, some of which can have serious health effects.

Using a condom is only part of ‘safer sex’. Have a look at the topics Safer sex, Are you ready for sex? and Sexually transmitted infections

More information

For information about using condoms have a look at the topics on these sites: 

Resources in South Australia

  • SA Health The Youth Health Service
  • Shine SA - Sexual Health information, networking and education
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Services (Clinic 275)  
  • Your family doctor - doctors are required to keep anything you tell them confidential, but if you feel embarrassed, you could see another doctor at the same clinic or try another doctor.


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