World Health Organization Instructions for Proper Barrier Method Use

Use a new barrier method for each act of sexual intercourse.
Open the package carefully so the barrier does not tear.
Before any genital contact, place the condom on the tip of the erect penis with the rolled side out. Do not unroll the condom before putting it on. If not circumcised, pull the foreskin back. Squeeze the tip of the condom and put it on the end of the hard penis. Unroll the condom all the way to the base of the erect penis.
Always put the barrier on before entering partner or before genital, oral, or anal contact with partner.
Immediately after ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom and withdraw the penis while it is still erect (before it gets soft). Slide the condom off without spilling the liquid (semen) inside. Throw away or bury the used barrier or condom safely.
Do not use grease, oils, lotions, or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to make barrier methods slippery. Only use a lubricant that does not have oil in it.a
Only use a barrier method once.
Store barrier methods in a cool, dry place.
Do not use barrier methods that are expired.
  • Adapted from World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Promoting Barrier Methods in Clinics for Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Practical Guide for Programme Planners and Managers. Manila, Philippines: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific; 2001:15.

  • a This recommendation applies only to latex barriers.