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Male Condom

What is it?

Male condoms are made of latex, polyurethane (non-latex) or lambskin. They are molded into the shape of a penis and are worn on the penis during intercourse. Sometimes they are called rubbers, safes, or jimmies. They prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS. Condoms are available in different styles and colors, and are available dry, lubricated, and with spermicide.

How effective is it?

Condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy when used regularly and properly and are the only form of birth control that can also prevent STIs.

What are the benefits?

Condoms can be purchased without a prescription, and are available in both latex and non-latex for those with a sensitivity or allergy to latex. They provide protection against most STIs, including HIV/AIDS.

What are the limitations?

Some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to condoms, resulting in skin irritation. There is a chance the condom could break during usage. They must be stored and handled carefully. Oil or petroleum based lubricants should not be used as they increase the chances of condom breakage. Condoms are your best protection against STI's but do not prevent transmission of all STI's. Any skin-to-skin contact can lead to transmission of STI's.

You should know...

Lambskin condoms do not protect against STIs. Latex or polyurethane condoms should be used. Condoms should be put on before any sexual contact takes place. Water-based lubrication is recommended to decrease the chance of breakage. Condoms cannot be reused and must be disposed of after use. Condoms must be stored away from direct sources of heat or sunlight. Always check for the expiry date on the condom before using.

February 19, 2016