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Male Condom (Rubber)


What Is It?

  • A sheath that covers the penis
  • May be made of latex, plastic or animal skin
  • May be pre-lubricated and/or contain spermicide

How Does It Work?

  • Creates a barrier between the penis and the vagina
  • Collects and holds the semen (sperm)

How Is It Used?

  • Condom is unrolled over the erect penis before sex
  • Male must hold base of condom to penis when withdrawing
  • Condom is removed and discarded without spilling semen
  • Condoms can only be used once

Effectiveness:

85% - 98%
When used with spermicide, effectiveness increases up to 99%


Benefits:

  • Latex condoms reduce risk of HIV/AIDS and STDs
  • Easy to get in most stores / available at clinics
  • May delay premature ejaculation
  • Can be used for people with latex allergies

Possible Concerns:

  • Condoms may slip off, break or cause irritation or discomfort
  • Frequent spermicide use (> or = 2 times/day) may increase irritation that may increase suscepibility to HIV
  • Proper use may interfere with spontaneity
  • May affect sexual sensations
  • If allergic to latex, plastic condoms should be used
  • Latex condoms should not be used with oil-based lubricants
  • Animal skin condoms do not reduce risk of HIV/AIDS and STD

REDUCES RISK OF HIV/AIDS AND STDs WHEN USING LATEX OR PLASTIC





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