Q: Are my chances of getting an HPV infection increased by having unprotected sex?
A: The chances of acquiring an HPV infection are substantially increased by having unprotected sex.
Q: Will condoms protect me from getting an HPV infection?
A: Condoms will significantly decrease your chances of getting an HPV infection. Condoms are the best barrier method of protection which against HPV infections.
Q: How much will condoms decrease the chances of a person from getting or giving somebody an HPV infection?
A: Condoms reduce the incidence of HPV transmission by over 70%.
Q: Do condoms offer any protection to a woman if she already has an HPV infection?
A: The use of condoms can decrease the chances of a recurrence in women who have already been treated for an HPV infection.
Q: How do they know that condoms will decrease a woman’s chances of getting a recurrence of her HPV infection?
A: A study was performed that studied women who were treated for an HPV infection. The sexual partners of half of the women in the study used condoms during their future sexual contacts and the other half did not. The women whose partners used condoms had a statistically significantly lower chance of getting a recurrence of an HPV infection compared to those women whose partners did not use condoms.
Q: Will condoms prevent HPV infections?
A: Condoms will significantly decrease the chance of acquiring an HPV infection for both men and women. Condoms are not perfect and cannot offer 100%, but remain the most effective means of prevention available other than abstinence.
Q: How effective are condoms?
A: Condoms are the best barrier method of protection available. A study demonstrated that women whose partners use condoms 100% of the time for an 8 month period of time were 70% less likely to acquire new infections compared to woman whose partners used condoms less than 5% of the time. Women whose partners use condoms 50% of the time were 50% less likely to have an HPV infection than those who rarely used condoms.
Q: Do condoms help prevent infection with both the high and low risk strains?
A: Consistent condom use reduced the risk of acquiring both high-risk and low-risk HPV types. This decreased risk of infection resulted in a decrease in the incidence of risk for developing genital warts as well as HPV-related cancers.
Q: Will condoms decrease the chances of my getting an HPV infection if I was already exposed to somebody who had it?
A: The consistent use of condoms helps clear HPV-related changes on both the cervix and on the penis. Condoms also shorten the time needed to clear an HPV infection.
Q: Will condoms help a woman has already been diagnosed and/or treated for an HPV infection?
A: Women who were diagnosed and treated for an HPV infection whose partners subsequently use condoms are less likely to get a recurrence of an HPV infection than those women whose partners did not use condoms.
Q: Do condoms help prevent HPV?
A: Condoms can significantly reduce the risk of the transmission of the HPV virus.
Q: How do condoms work to prevent HPV infections?
A: Condoms provide a physical barrier that prevents transmission of the HPV infection.
Q: How do condoms work to help prevent HPV infections?
A: Condoms work as a barrier method. They can only prevent transmission from those areas which are covered by the condom. Condoms will most effectively protect transmission of an infection from the head and upper shaft of the penis.
Q: What are the circumstances when condoms will not work as well?
A: Condoms can ride up on the shaft of the penis during intercourse and the base of the penis will then be exposed and will not be protected. Areas that are not covered by a condom like the pubic area, groin, scrotum, thighs and abdomen will not be protected. Condoms can also break and both the person wearing the condom and their partner will then not be protected when this occurs.
Q: It sound like many things can go wrong with condoms, doesn’t it?
A: Nonetheless, condoms remain the single most effective way to prevent HPV infections other than abstinence.
Q: What is the association between condom use and HPV?
A: Consistent condom use is associated with a lower chance of getting an HPV infection.
Q: What are the important risk factors for HPV persistence in men?
A: Current smoking, having high-risk HPV strains and/or multiple HPV types are the most important risk factors for HPV persistence in men.