HIV might still be the most feared sexually transmitted disease, but it’s not necessarily the easiest to contract. Human papillomavirus is one of the leading killers of women worldwide—and a condom is only 60% effective at stopping it.
If sex ed classes have managed to teach anyone anything, it’s the power of the condom. Condoms are supposed to make sex safe—from pregnancy, from HIV, and from a host of other sexually transmitted infections.
The Condom Misconception
But condoms have one huge failing that often goes overlooked: they can’t fully protect against the Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV. It doesn’t sound pretty, it doesn’t look pretty, and especially for women, HPV is a silent killer that can lie dormant for years unnoticed before it strikes.