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What is a condom?

Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on your penis during sex. Condoms provide great protection from both pregnancy and STDs. They’re easy to use and easy to get.

What’s a condom and how does it work?

Condoms are small, thin pouches made of latex (rubber), plastic (polyurethane, nitrile, or polyisoprene) or lambskin, that cover your penis during sex and collect semen (cum). Condoms stop sperm from getting into the vagina, so sperm can’t meet up with an egg and cause pregnancy.

Condoms also prevent STDs by covering the penis, which prevents contact with semen and vaginal fluids, and limits skin-to-skin contact that can spread sexually transmitted infections.

Lambskin condoms do not protect against STDs. Only latex and plastic condoms do.

WHY USE CONDOMS?

They help protect against pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including HIV which can lead to AIDS. Partners share responsibility for safer sex and contraception.

Most other methods of contraception don’t protect you against STIs, including HIV. To protect yourself, use condoms as well.

Condoms are easy to get, are easy to use, have no side effects (unless you are allergic to rubber) and help prevent cancer of the cervix.

Internal condoms are another type of condom. These are put inside the vagina.

How do condoms help prevent the sexual transmission of HIV?

Condoms help prevent transmission by reducing the risk of an exposure to HIV during sex. 

Laboratory studies show that the materials used to make most condoms (such as latex, nitrile, polyurethane and polyisoprene) do not let HIV pass through them. Condoms act as a barrier to HIV infection by preventing the vagina, penis, rectum and mouth from being exposed to bodily fluids (such as semen, vaginal fluid and rectal fluid) that can contain HIV.

Some condoms are made from a thin membrane of sheep intestine, and are also known as lambskin condoms. These condoms can be used to help prevent pregnancy but since HIV can pass through them, they should not be used as an HIV prevention strategy.

WHERE CAN I GET CONDOMS?

Condoms can be bought from Family Planning clinics, pharmacies, supermarkets, pubs, public toilets, nightclubs, dairies, sex shops and online.

It is cheaper to get them on prescription from a Family Planning clinic, a Sexual Health Centre or a doctor.  You are legally allowed to buy condoms at any age.

As well as regular appointments, you can also get a prescription for condoms with a phone appointment.

HOW CAN THE MALE CONDOM BE OPTIMALLY USED?

Proper use of the male condom considerably increases its contraceptive effectiveness. Here is some information on the subject.

The condom must be put in place prior to any vaginal, anal or oral contact.

Adequate lubrication is necessary to make sexual intercourse more pleasant. For instance, a water-based lubricant can be used. Poor lubrication increases the risks of condom damage. Vaseline, and any other fatty substances, may damage latex condoms, and this is also true for certain vaginal creams. Always ask your pharmacist if the vaginal cream you intend to purchase can damage the condom lining.

The condom must be put in place when the penis is erect. It must be placed at the tip of the penis and held there with one hand. Using the other hand, the condom must be unrolled to the base of the penis. If it does not unroll, this may indicate that it is inside out or that it is damaged or too old. If this is the case, it is necessary to throw it away and use a new one.

If the condom is not equipped with a reservoir, leave a 1 to 2-cm gap at the tip to retain sperm.

The condom must be used throughout sexual intercourse, until ejaculation.

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