Condoms help protect against a range of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Warts, Herpes and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).
1. Open the condom pack carefully down one side making sure the condom you choose has the BSI Kite mark and/or the CE mark and that the condom is in date.
2. Make sure you’ve got the condom the right way round. You can tell by squeezing the air out of the top and unrolling it slightly before placing it on the erect penis
3. Still squeezing the air out of the tip, roll the condom all the way to the base of the penis. Watch out for fingernails!
4. During sex, regularly check the condom is still on and hasn’t broken. If it gets dry add some water-based lubricant
5. After ejaculation, withdraw fully, holding onto the condom to ensure semen isn’t split. Dispose of the condom hygienically; eg in a tissue and then in a bin (do not flush down the toilet)
Gel-charging can enhance sensitivity for the man whilst using a condom. This where a small pea size amount of lubricant is put into the end of the condom, before the condom is put on. It is important it is only a tiny amount, as the condom could slip off it too much is used.
The Female Condom (Femidom) is inserted into the vagina before sex takes place.
Like condoms, dental dams provide a latex barrier between you and direct contact with another person’s bodily fluids. For example if you are having oral sex, a dental dam will stop you from getting vaginal fluids in your mouth, and vaginal fluids can carry some STI’s.