Do Lambskin Condoms Protect Against STDs?

For centuries, people have used animal intestines to fashion contraceptives, specifically, condoms. And though lambskin condoms fell out of favor with the advent of latex condoms in the 1920s, many people still prefer lambskin condoms to their more prevalent latex alternatives. But do lambskin condoms protect against STDs? In a word, no. The CDC does not recommend lambskin condoms as a means of preventing STDs.

Why Lambskin Condoms Fail to Prevent STDs

Though some people enjoy the look and feel of a lambskin condom, and though they work reasonably well to prevent pregnancy, they are not a viable method for preventing STDs. Put simply, the pores on the surface of lambskin condoms are small enough to stop sperm, but viruses can still pass through them. (For a full breakdown of viral STDs, check out this blog.) Lambskin condoms may offer certain aesthetic advantages, but they won’t protect you or your partner from dangerous STDs.

Non-Latex Condoms

Most condoms are made from a form of latex –– the same material used in medical gloves. However, around four percent of the general population has an allergy to latex. And, strangely enough, it is possible to develop a sensitivity to latex as a result of repeated use. Of course, if you have such an allergy, you shouldn’t use latex condoms since allergic reactions to latex can range from blisters and sores to life-threatening shock and an inability to breathe.

The good news for people with latex allergies is that there are a number of non-latex condoms that also prevent STDs. These include alternatives made from polyurethane and polyisoprene. Consult a doctor for more information on this matter.

STDs and Condom Usage

Proper condom use will significantly lower the possibility of STD transmission during intercourse. However, no condom is 100% guaranteed to prevent STDs. Indeed, some STDs (most notably, herpes) spread through skin-to-skin contact. That means you can still pass or contract an STD even if you use a condom. Furthermore, virtually every STD can be transmitted through oral sex. So it’s crucial for sexually active individuals to protect themselves during every kind of sexual encounter (oral, anal, vaginal, etc.)

Preventing STDs

Just because you regularly use condoms during intercourse, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re STD-free. Certain high-risk activities increase the odds of picking up an STD, and you can even contract an STD just by kissing someone. The best way to protect your well-being is to get tested regularly. Not only does getting tested often enable early diagnosis and treatment, but doing so will help you allay the spread of STDs!

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

If you’re concerned about your sexual health, make it a point to visit an STD testing facility ASAP. At Same Day, we use the most advanced tests on the market and ensure your privacy throughout the testing process. Plus, our knowledgeable team will answer any questions you have! So give us a call today at 844-394-8520 to schedule an appointment. Or click here to find a clinic in your area.

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