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Questions about condoms

  1. How do I protect myself against STIs?
  2. What condoms should I use and where can I get them?
  3. What's the proper way to use a condom?
  4. Does the contraceptive pill protect against STIs?
  5. When can I stop using a condom?

How do I protect myself against STIs?

The best protection against STIs is prevention. You should adopt safe sex practices. The latex condom (male or female) is the best way to protect against STIs.

For more information, consult our brochure Play it safe.

What condoms should I use and where can I get them?

Lubricated latex condoms are the most effective. Because of their porous nature, natural-membrane condoms are less effective than latex condoms, which offer better protection against various STIs. You can get latex condoms at a pharmacy without a prescription. You can even get them at convenience stores or from coin-operated distributing machines in some public toilets. You should always check the expiration date.

For more information, consult our brochure Play it safe

What's the proper way to use a condom?

Open the package carefully so you don't tear the condom. Then gently unroll it to be sure you're using the right side. Squeezing the tip, unroll the condom on to the penis. Adding lubricant to the outside of the condom helps prevent it from breaking and increases your partner's pleasure. After ejaculation, withdraw the penis while holding the base of the condom. Take the condom and tie a knot in it to stop sperm from leaking out.

For more information, consult our brochure Play it safe.

Does the contraceptive pill protect against STIs ?

As its name indicates, the only function of the contraceptive pill is to prevent conception, that is, to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. The condom offers the best protection against STIs.

For more information, consult our brochures HIV is still around Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. and Play it safe Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre..

When can I stop using condom?

If you are in a stable relationship with another person and you're planning to live together as a couple or to have a child, you can think about no longer using a condom. First, however, you and your partner should be tested for HIV and other STIs. If the results are negative, you can stop using condoms as long as you and your partner remain sexually faithful.

For more information, consult our brochure Play it safe.