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Latex Condoms

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Updated October 09, 2009

Latex Condoms

Latex Condom

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Definition: Latex condoms are a type of male condom. They are a birth control method that consists of a flexible sheath, made with latex (which is a kind of rubber) and are designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. They are, by far, the most widely available and least expensive of all the condom types. Latex condom use is effective in preventing BOTH pregnancy and many STDs (including HIV). Latex condoms tend to be the most common condom type because they are offered in many brands, colors, shapes, flavors and sizes.

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Pronunciation: la•tex [ley-teks] con•dom [kon-duhm]
Also Known As: Rubbers, Prophylactics, Safes, Protection and Jimmies
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A latex condom is worn by a male during sexual intercourse to prevent an unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.

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