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No condom = no sex.

If you have ever had unprotected sex, you're running a risk of more than just pregnancy. We spoke with Dr. Mamie Bowers, an obstetrician-gynecologist at All Women’s Health Care in Flemington, NJ, who gave us insight as to why using condoms is so important.  

"Every time you have unprotected sex, you run the risk of catching an STD," said Dr. Bowers. "Certain STDs, such as human papillomavirus, or HPV, are highly prevalent and tied to larger health problems. HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom, so they may not give full protection against getting the virus, but they can reduce the risk associated for HPV and HPV-associated disease, like cervical cancer."

Dr. Bowers went on to say, "Additionally – and more importantly – women should be regularly discussing their sexual health with their doctor and ask about appropriate screenings and preventative measures for STDs. HPV is the most common STD in the U.S. In fact, 80 percent of women will have HPV at some point in their lives. The majority of people who have HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it. Most HPV infections, including high-risk ones, will clear on their own by the body’s immune system, however, some aggressive types can lead to cervical cancer."

Bottom line: Wrap it up. Every package looks better as a present.

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