HIV/AIDS Glossary


Synonym(s): Prophylactic

A product used during sex (including vaginal, anal, or oral sex) to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, and/or the likelihood of pregnancy. The male condom is a thin cover that fits over a man's erect penis. The female condom is a nitrile pouch that fits inside the vagina.

Related Term(s): Sexually Transmitted Disease

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