Male latex condoms are an effective way to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when you have sex. Female condoms are also approved by the Food and Drug Administration to lower your risk for HIV infection. Other male condoms, such as natural or lambskin condoms, do not protect against HIV or STIs. But these types of condoms do help prevent pregnancy.
Many types of birth control, like implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and the shot, are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, but they will not protect you from HIV or other STIs. Women who want to protect themselves from both STIs and unplanned pregnancy should use a condom correctly every time they have sex and also consider using a long-acting and highly effective method of birth control.