When used correctly, condoms are an effective method of protection against most STD's and HIV. It's good to keep a supply on hand for use during those planned and unplanned encounters. Condom are available for free at most sexual health clinics and community centers. They can also be purchased at food and drug stores.
However, getting them is one thing. But do you know how to use them properly for safer sex? These tips can maximise your protection:
- Use a new, packaged condom before each sex act.
- Squeeze the tip of the condom to remove excess air. This reduced the chances of breakage.
- Place the condom on the tip of an erect penis and roll it down as far as it can go.
- After ejaculation, hold the condom firmly on the penis shaft then remove your penis before it becomes flaccid. This decreases the chances of the condom slipping off before it can be properly disposed of.
- Remove the condom carefully with a towel, being careful not to expose any fluids to your partner. Tie the open end of the condom into a knot, then dispose of it.
- Do not engage in any additional sexual contact until you and your partner have washed your penis and hands.