How to use a condom
Open the condom packet and remove the latex condom. Rough, long or jagged fingernails can damage the condom, so be careful. If the male is not circumcised, pull back the foreskin before putting the condom on. Put the condom on before you enter your partner’s body. Squeeze the air out of the tip of the condom, leaving a half inch space at the tip for the semen. While holding the tip, slowly unroll it all the way to the base of the erect penis and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. If available, spread a water based lubricant like K.Y. Jelly over the condom for extra lubrication during intercourse. After ejaculation, and before the penis gets soft, hold the condom firmly at the base of the penis and slowly withdraw. Gently pull the condom off the penis. Be careful not to spill any semen. Then throw the condom in the garbage. Remember to always remove the condom before the penis becomes soft and smaller so that the condom won’t slip off and leak.
Things to remember when using a condom
Always use a new latex condom for every sex act. Lambskin condoms do not protect you as well as latex. Do not keep condoms in direct sunlight or in places where it gets too hot. Heat and sunlight can damage the rubber. Do not use a condom that is discoloured, brittle or dried out. If the package is damaged, torn or already open, or if the date on the package shows the condom to be more than two years old, throw it away. Open the condom package only when you are ready to use it. Lubrication helps to reduce the chance the condom will break. Use water based lubricants like K.Y. Jelly. You should not use condoms with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil. These lubricants weaken the latex.
This script was written by Isaac Rashid, a freelance writer in Hamilton, Canada. It was reviewed by John Russell, Communications Officer on the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada; and by Iain McLellan, Communications Consultant, Montreal, Canada.
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