Contraception, STIs

Condoms are cool!

We decided to call this post ‘condoms are cool’ and it’s something we wholeheartedly stand by.

Because using condoms every time a person has sex can greatly reduce the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as protect against unplanned pregnancy.

Sexually active people should use a condom every time they have vaginal or anal sex to minimise the risk of contracting HIV and STIs. It is also good practice for condoms to be used for oral sex too.

When choosing a condom to use, you should look for ones which feature a British standards kite mark or CE symbol. The kite mark is a symbol of safety and quality. Some condoms which don’t feature a kite mark have been designed for novelty use and not to protect against any infections or as a barrier against pregnancy.

You also need to check a condoms use by date – yes they have these too, but the dates are usually a few years before they have to be used.

Different types of condoms

There are lots of different types of condoms available: external (male) latex condoms, external (male) non-latex condoms and internal (female condoms).

Condoms are also available from a range or brands, in a variety of fit and shapes.

Some with flavours, colours and textures too. All condoms are very effective. The important thing about having so much choice available is being able to find a type of condom which suits. (Non-latex condoms are designed for people with an allergy to latex).

Watch this illustrative video from Young Persons charity Brook which shows how to use a condom correctly

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