Condoms are intended to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections. Latex condoms reduce the risk of transmitting STIs by providing a barrier against the source of the infection. However, they do not completely eliminate the risks of pregnancy and STIs.
Use a new condom for every sex act. Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, scissors or anything that can damage the condom. Before any sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis. Be sure the rolled-up ring is on the outside. And leave space at tip to hold semen when you come. Squeeze tip gently so no air is trapped inside. Hold tip while you unroll condom all the way to the base of the erect penis. If the condom doesn't unroll, it may be on backwards, damaged or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom. Immediately after ejaculation, hold the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling semen. Dispose of a used condom by wrapping it in tissue and throwing it in the trash. Wash your hands and genitals and surrounding areas with soap and water.
Do not reuse condoms. Use a new condom for every sex act. Do not use the condom if the rubber material is sticky or brittle or obviously damaged. Do not use the condom if the color is uneven or changed. Wash hands as well as penis, vagina and surrounding areas - before and after sex as this cuts the chance of infection.
Keep unused condoms in their packs in a cool, dry place (not in a wallet).
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