Other facilities strongly encourage that those previously infected return to ensure that the infection has been eliminated.
Novel strategies to foster re-testing have been the use of text messaging and email as reminders.
The visible membrane covering the head of the penis is a mucous membrane, though it produces no mucus (similar to the lips of the mouth).
Some treatment facilities utilize in-home test kits and have the person return the test for follow-up.
The amount of contact with infective sources which causes infection varies with each pathogen but in all cases a disease may result from even light contact from fluid carriers like venereal fluids onto a mucous membranes.
Healthcare professionals suggest safer sex, such as the use of condoms, as a reliable way of decreasing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases during sexual activity, but safer sex cannot be considered to provide complete protection from an STI.
Therefore, the old condom must be properly disposed of.
A new condom is used for each act of intercourse, as multiple usage increases the chance of breakage, defeating the effectiveness as a barrier.