It’s important your condom is in tip-top condition. Here’s what you need to know.
We know that when used properly, condoms do stop HIV. They also significantly reduce the transmission of STIs including Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. They even help to reduce the risk of STIs like Genital Warts, Herpes and Syphilis.
In New Zealand, health experts have always promoted the use of condoms and lube to prevent HIV and reduce the risk of getting an STI, which is why we have one of the lowest rates of HIV in the Western World.
To make sure you get all the protection you deserve follow the guidelines below.
If travelling abroad take your own condoms and lube as it might be hard to find the ones you like, and they may not be of good quality.
Condoms last about five years inside their wrappers. Check the ‘best before’ date on the wrapper – after this date it’s more likely to break (although any condom is better than none).
Where to keep them
Heat, sunlight, damp and crushing all weaken condoms so try not to store them in the sun, near warm objects, in the glove box over summer, or in your wallet for extended periods.