Condoms are the best way to protect yourself from most sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). However, it is important to understand that no type of condom prevents pregnancy or STIs 100% of the time. 

 

To ensure the most effective protection, it is advised to use condoms in conjunction with other forms of birth control, such as birth control pills or an IUD. 

 

To use condoms correctly, make sure the packet is opened with your hands, and check the expiration date to ensure the condom is not too old. Additionally, only use water-based lubricants and ensure the condom is placed on the penis the correct way. Finally, when withdrawing, always hold the condom at the base of the penis to avoid it slipping off.