TABLE 6

How to Use a Condom Effectively

Before: Store condoms in a cool, dry place. Heat, including body heat from a pocket, can cause latex to degrade over time. Check the expiration date before use.
1. Use a new condom for every act of vaginal, anal, and oral sex throughout the entire sex act (from start to finish).
2. Before any genital contact, put the condom on the tip of the erect penis with the rolled side out.
3. If the condom does not have a reservoir tip, pinch the tip enough to leave a half-inch space for semen to collect. Holding the tip, unroll the condom all the way to the base of the erect penis.
4. After ejaculation and before the penis gets soft, grip the rim of the condom and carefully withdraw. Then gently pull the condom off the penis, making sure that semen does not spill out.
5. Wrap the condom in a tissue and throw it in the trash where others will not handle it.
6. If you feel the condom break at any point during sexual activity, stop immediately, withdraw, remove the broken condom, and put on a new condom.
7. Ensure that adequate lubrication is used during vaginal and anal sex, which might require water-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants (eg, petroleum jelly, shortening, mineral oil, massage oils, body lotions, and cooking oil) should not be used, because they can weaken latex, causing breakage.