I am glad that you ask this important question. Young people often forget about these dangerous sexually transmitted infections.

The only methods of birth control which offer reliable protection from HIV and sexually transmitted diseases are the male and female condom.

Even if you use other contraceptives it is better to use a male or female condom to prevent the infections.

If you use latex condom use only water based lubricants. Fat based lubricants can spoil the condom and thus the protection.

Sharp finger nails have the danger of bursting the male condom and this happens often as you think.