Minimize Your Risk For STDs With Proper Condom UseYou may not realize it, but a condom could actually preserve your life. Statistics show that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are a widespread problem throughout the world. In the United States alone, approximately 12 million people are affected by STDs yearly. The cold hard facts are that there are serious problems caused by STDs, and anyone who is sexually active or who plans to be sexually active needs to understand about things such as the use of condoms and STD safety.There are many health problems associated with STDs that people may not know about. For instance, women may develop cervical cancer as an effect of an STD. The ability for a woman to get pregnant may also be diminished or lost altogether because sterility is often caused by STDs. If a woman with an STD does get pregnant, tubal pregnancies are common, and these have been known to be fatal to the unborn child and to the pregnant woman. Babies born to infected women may have severe damage or even die because of effects of these diseases. The brain, kidneys, and heart may be damaged in a person who has an STD. STDs such as the HIV virus can cause death to the infected individuals.STDs are very serious and should be taken seriously by everyone. The surest way to not contract an STD is abstinence, but for many people, that is not a choice they prefer. Having a monogamous relationship where the couple has no other partners and they do not have an STD is another way to prevent the problem. While condom use is not 100% safe, it can greatly reduce the risk of becoming infected by an STD, including the AIDS virus.Condoms and STD safety go hand in hand. While condoms are also used as a method of birth control, other methods of birth control such as the pill are not effective in reducing the risk of STDs. This is because a condom presents a physical barrier to the transfer of bodily fluids from one person to another. These bodily fluids can carry the germs that transmit STDs, and without the barrier of a condom, can easily pass from one partner to the other.Even if your partner appears to be healthy, if they have been intimate with infected people or have shared needles with a person who was infected with an STD they could still be a carrier. If you are not 100% sure of your partner, you should use condoms. While no condoms are 100% effective, those designed to help prevent disease can greatly reduce the risk of passing along this type of infection.