04 December 2011

Protection Against HIV Virus- Birth Control Pills

A very popular misconception among some people is that if they take birth control pills, they are protecting themselves not only from getting pregnant but also from infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Such misconceptions further aggravate the situation, by spread of the virus. Instead of adopting safe sex practices, people tend to use birth control pills, under the impression that they are taking proper precautionary steps.

It is therefore important to eradicate such misconceptions, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Unprotected sexual intercourse is one of the major causes of spreading of the disease. It therefore becomes necessary to use a barrier, to reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS, which is not the case with birth control pills. As it is, the male condom is by far the most important barrier that we have today. Apart from that, female condoms too play a very vital role in preventing the spread of the virus, via sexual intercourse.

Using a condom, does not in any way implies a risk free sexual intercourse, but it definitely reduces the risk of getting infected by a significant margin. However, there are a few things that you need to remember, before you go for a condom. The following are some of these factors that you must always consider:

1. The first thing that you need to see is that your condom needs to be a latex condom and should not be made of any other material, such as lambskin. This is because; latex or rubber would provide you with the maximum amount of protection during sexual intercourse.

2. Another important aspect that you should always keep in mind is that, your condom should be big enough to cover the entire penis. Any condom which does not cover your entire penis is actually increasing the chances of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

3. Apart from that, you should see to it that, you are using a different condom, every time you are having sexual intercourse. This is very important and you should always remember it.

4. You should also check the packaging of the condom and see to it, whether it actually says anything about disease protection. Fancy and stimulating condoms which do not say anything about disease prevention should be avoided.

5. Proper storage of the condom would also play a very important role in prevention from getting infected. This is because, unless the condom is properly stored, then it might give way during sexual intercourse.

Using a condom lowers your risk of infection by a great margin; and although the safest form of sex is no sex at all, using a condom would greatly reduce your risk of getting infected. Birth control pills do not in any case provide any kind of protection against HIV as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.

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