Next to abstinence, condoms are your best protection against STIs. No matter what kind of sexual activity oral, vaginal, or anal always be sure to use protection. Keep in mind that condoms do NOT protect against HPV (genital warts) and Herpes.
- Check the expiration date to make sure the condom is "good". Most condoms have a shelf life of four years, if kept in a cool, dry place.
- Carefully tear open an edge of the packaging, making sure not to damage the condom.
- Hold the tip of the condom and roll it down while the penis is erect, leaving a space at the end of the condom for sperm to collect. The rolled "lip" of the condom should be on the outside as it is being rolled down. If rolling seems difficult, you may have the condom on inside out.
- Make sure to withdraw the penis while it is still erect so the sperm stays inside the condom.
- Hold the base ring of the condom as you withdraw, so the condom does not slip off.
- Before disposing the condom, check it for rips and holes, wrap it in tissue paper and throw it in the trash.
- If you notice rips or holes in the condom, alert your partner, so you can both decide what type of action to take.
- Use a new condom for each act of sexual activity.
- Use only water-based lubricants with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants will destroy the latex and make the condom useless.
- If you are allergic to latex, use condoms that are made of polyurethane or synthetic rubber.
condom available on campus... where?
Condoms are available at three different locations on campus:
1. The Wellness Center (Granoff Hall, room 47)
2. Women's Center (Schwartz Hall basement)
3. Health Services (Granoff Hall) - For condoms as well as information on condom use and sexually transmitted infections.