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World AIDS Day may have been on December 1st, but December is Safe Sex Month here at Guylife, where we're going to bring you everything you need to know about making safe sex practical, easy, and fun. Like us on Facebook to get these posts directly on your newsfeed!
If you really think about it, there’s only one learning curve involved in the process of condom usage and that’s as basic as learning how to put it on right. Frankly, if you’re trying to avoid unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of even-more-unwanted STDs like HIV, then you’d better stop grumbling and start learning. Just think of condoms as like a really good lawyer: even if you really can’t stand them, you desperately need them to prevent things getting out of control.
First off, in order for a condom to maintain its effective level of protection, it must be properly placed on before commencing ANY kind of sexual activity that involves contact between the male and female genitalia.
Yes, this includes all acts prior to the actual act of insertion as well because the pre-seminal fluid that is excreted when men are sexually excited also contains sperm. Now for the actual ‘putting it on’ part of it.
To begin with, you can start by carefully opening the package. You need to take great care that you do not tear (knowingly or unknowingly) the condom with a tooth or fingernail. Once the packaging has been opened, place it directly over the erect (yes, it very much has to be) penis. If you’re confused about which side goes where look for the reservoir tip that is pinched and make sure that it is pointing upward; then, you can proceed to rolling the remainder down the shaft of your baby-maker.
If there is no reservoir tip, simply pinch a small space about a half inch in size at the tip before rolling the condom down over the penis. (The reservoir tip is used to collect semen excreted during sexual activity.)
Once you’re done with the actual act of sexual intercourse, the next big step is learning how to take it off correctly. Withdraw while making sure that you’re holding on to the base of the condom to prevent any spillage and dispose of it immediately. Please keep in mind: re-usage is not an option. Yes, it was important to emphasize that--we've heard some real horror stories (and jokes) about that!
Remember that a condom, like most things, is best not kept lying around (such as in your wallet or glove compartment) for too long. Whether you're getting lucky on a regular basis or not, replace your one just-in-case condom well before its expiry date.
And finally, even using a condom regularly (though extremely helpful) does not make you invincible against god’s most cruel joke (STDs) so please get checked up regularly if you’re sexually active (especially if you have multiple partners). Right, that's it--happy safe sex month!
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