What if we thought about face masks the same way we do about condoms? Condoms are something we place on our bodies. We don’t really want to wear them, but we use them to protect ourselves and others.

Most would prefer not to use a condom. But condoms, reduce the risk of spreading fluid transmitted diseases. HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis are diseases passed from one person to another by bodily fluids.

Close up Male hand holding Condom.
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Dr Jeff Livingston
Everything Shortform

Obgyn, Husband, Father, & Entrepreneur. Writing about Women’s Health, Parenting, and Self-improvement. CEO of MacArthurmc.com & founder of Medika.life