HIV Basics

Male Condom Use

The Right Way To Use A Male Condom

DO...

  • DO use a condom every time you have sex.
  • DO put on a condom before having sex.
  • DO read the package and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DO use latex or polyurethane condoms.
  • DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.

DON'T...

  • DON’T store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them.
  • DON’T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), as this can cause irritation.
  • DON’T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the condom to break.
  • DON’T use more than one condom at a time.
  • DON’T reuse a condom.

How To Put On and Take Off a Male Condom

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Carefully open and remove condom from wrapper.
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Place condom on the head of the erect, hard penis. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin first.
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Pinch air out of the tip of the condom.
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Unroll condom all the way down the penis.
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After sex but before pulling out, hold the condom at the base. Then pull out, while holding the condom in place.
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Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash.
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Information contained in this section is a reproduction for New Zealand of content published on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Website
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