More on Condoms
- Latex and polyurethane are the way to go
Latex or polyurethane condoms are the only ones that protect against HIV infection.
- Fresh condoms are good condoms
Check the expiration date on the condom wrapper; if it has passed, throw it away! Also look at the condom itself - does it seem dry, brittle, stiff or unusually sticky (gross!)? Don't take chances, use a different one.
- How to store your condoms
Store your condoms in a cool, dry place so they don't get damaged. Heat and excessive wear can cause a condom to tear during sex - glove boxes, back pockets, wallets and window shelves are all bad places to keep your condoms.
- Use lubrication
To make sure a condom doesn't tear or come off, use some water-based lubricant inside and outside the condom. Be sure not to use an oil-based lubricant like Vaseline or other petroleum jellies, body lotions, mineral or vegetable oils - they can cause the latex to break down. Also, studies have shown that lubricants with nonoxynol-9 (a product often used in spermicides) may actually increase the risk of HIV transmission during sex and are not recommended as an effective means of HIV prevention.
- Wear it well
Make sure the condom is on correctly before getting started. Use it every time.