National Condom Week Tips


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Feb 14 – 21 was National Condom Week in the United States.  Started by University of California-Berkley students in 1978, National Condom Week has become a nation wide awareness campaign and is always celebrated during the week of Valentine’s Day.

Colleges, universities, high schools, AIDS organizations, STD organizations, family planning organizations and pharmacies across the country have embraCondomced this week as a prime opportunity to teach young adults the importance of safe sex.

Many schools and organizations sponsor various events across the country to promote condom use. Many of these entities emphasize the importance of using humor to help educate. Coming up with funny, and attention grabbing, slogans is one of the more popular activities. The famous “no glove, no love” slogan came from National Condom Week participants.

According to nationalcondomweek.com, “humor is used to help provide education, National Condom Week has become a tool to help educate young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS as well as helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”

Here are some tips on using condoms correctly.

  • You must use a new condom before each sex act.
  • Open the package carefully. Never bite it or use scissors.
  • If you use lubricants, you must use only water-based lubricants with latex condoms.
  • Avoid oil-based lubricants like cold cream, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oil, or baby oil that can damage latex condoms.
  • You must store condoms in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Don’t keep condoms in temperatures above 85 degrees. Note their expiration date and heed it!
  • Immediately throw away used condoms- don’t flush them in the toilet.

Condom testing is rigorous and goes above and beyond adequate safety measure testing. They are proven to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. According to feministcampus.org, knowledge and practice lead to consistent condom use which reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 85-100%. Consistent use is 85%-98% effective in preventing unintended pregnancy.

 

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