According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), black women experience sexually transmitted disease (STD) at disproportionally higher rates when compared to other races and ethic groups. As an example, in 2012 the rate of chlamydia among black women was over six times the rate among white women.
Other than abstinence, consistent use of condoms is the only way to reduce your chance of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Also, it only takes one single sex act without a condom to contract a sexually transmitted disease. Protect yourself and be smart about proper condom use. Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Condom Fact Sheet here for detailed information on proper condom use. Share this information with your partner, daughter, sisters, cousins and friends.
Critical Point To Know
“Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of protection for various STDs, depending on differences in how the diseases or infections are transmitted. Male condoms may not cover all infected areas or areas that could become infected. Thus, they are likely to provide greater protection against STDs that are transmitted only by genital fluids (STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and HIV infection) than against infections that are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact, which may or may not infect areas covered by a condom (STDs such as genital herpes, human papillomavirus [HPV] infection, syphilis and chancroid).”