A male condom is a thin sheath that covers the penis during intercourse. It’s used as a barrier to stop the exchange of sexual fluids between sexual partners.
Condoms are used for vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Always use condom
Remember it is your responsibility to practice safe sex.
Condoms are great because they don’t only protect against HIV and STIs but also prevent unwanted pregnancy. If you chose to have sex, use a condom (As always, abstinence is the only 100 percent guarantee.)
Easy to get, easy to use, and have no side effects (unless you are allergic to rubber)
Condoms are known to greatly reduce the risk of catching other STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, also reduce the risk of syphilis, herpes and wart virus infection, but sometimes skin not covered by the condom can be infected with these infections.
Lubricant is important
You may have noticed, our condom packs come with a lube inside. Lubrication is the wetness that makes it easy to slide in and out during sex. If there is not enough, the condom is much more likely to break. Extra lubrication should always be used, particularly for anal sex.
Avoid using oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly (Vaseline), baby oil, suntan oils, cooking oils, butter and margarine, hand lotion or massage oils. Oil-based lubricants damage rubber.
Talk to your partner about USING CONDOMS
People can give lots of reasons for not using a condom. It’s important to talk with your partner about using condoms and sexual safety so you are not being pressured into doing things you don’t really want to do, or at risk of infection or pregnancy.
Things to remember
- The male condom cannot be used in conjunction with the female condoms.
- Condoms should not be used with oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or mineral and vegetable oil. Such lubricants damage the condom or increase breakage.
- Condoms should be protected from the heat, which can weaken them or cause breakage.
- Check the expiry date.
- The HIV cannot pass through an unbroken condom.
Read more about condoms and order your free pack here
For more info about the female condom visit the Positive Women Inc. website