PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR PARTNER
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), male latex condoms are highly effective when used consistently and correctly, in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV and many other STDs. Condoms are also the only method of protection that prevent both pregnancy and disease.
Tips for Condom Use:
- Check the label of the condom before using and don’t use it if it is past the labeled expiration date or if it is over five years past the manufacture date.
- If the condom is ripped or looks dry, brittle, stiff, or sticky, it also shouldn’t be used. Keeping a few spares on hand is a good idea in case one rips while being opened or put on.
- Condoms should be kept in a cool, dry place to prevent breakage or leakage. Don’t store condoms in a location that can get very hot, like in your car.
- If you keep a condom in your wallet or purse, replace it with a new one on a regular basis.