Just Do it: Safer Sex Habits

Better to protect, rather than regret.

Do you know how to put a condom on correctly? You would be surprised by the number of people that cannot put a condom on correctly. Many of us think we know or that it is only the guys job to know. However, if you are sexually active you should know the 4 steps to putting a condom on correctly.

Step 1: Check the expiration date. Condoms DO expire and dry out, which may cause them to tear. An expired condom is not a safe condom even if it feels right.

Step 2: Make sure your condom is not damaged, look for holes. Condoms can be damaged by being in a wallet, so do not store your condoms places that a prone to heat.

Step 3: Open the condom CAREFULLY. Do NOT use your teeth; you can rip a condom this way.

Step 4: Hold the condom with tip pointing up. Pinch the tip of the condom and roll it all the way down to the base of the penis. Make sure you do not put the condom on upside down or it will not roll down the penis, and if you do, DO NOT flip the condom over, you must get a new condom.

Taking a condom off correctly is also important, take off a condom while the penis is still erect and DO NOT flush condoms down the toilet, they are likely to clog the toilets.

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Since you now know how to put a condom on correctly remember that:

  • A condom should be used every time oral, vaginal, or anal sex occurs.
  • Use a new condom each time.
  • A double condom does NOT mean double protection. Using two condoms at once will cause friction between the condoms and they are more likely to tear.
  • Handle condoms like chocolate, avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Use water based lubricants; avoid oil bases such as baby oil and Vaseline.

Even when using a condom correctly there is still skin to skin contact between partners, know that Herpes, HPV, and Syphilis can still be spread so it is important to get yourself tested. You should know your status and the status of your partner before having any type of sexual intercourse.

Keep in mind that abstinence is the only way you can be fully protected from both STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and unwanted pregnancies. However, if you are sexually active you can pick up FREE CONDOMS at the Office of Wellness Education on the 2nd floor of Wayne Hall or the Women’s Center on the 2nd floor of Lawrence.

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