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How to Use Condoms

Condoms are an effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy as well as preventing sexually transmitted infections, HIV and blood-borne viruses.
They come in many different styles, sizes, materials, colours and flavours (watch the videos below to find out more). They are also really easy to use!

If you have an erection and don't want an infection, just use protection!

Check the expiry date and make sure the label says it meets Australian standards.

Store condoms in a cool place. It is not a good idea to leave condoms in a car. If you do keep condoms in your wallet or purse, make sure you replace them regularly.

Condoms come in different sizes. Find a condom brand and size that is comfortable for you.

Discuss having sex with your partner, and make sure both of you consent to having sex, and agree on the type of sex you're willing to have.

Unwrap the condom from the packet but be careful not to tear the condom. Don’t unroll the condom until it’s on the penis.

Before you roll the condom on, make sure the penis is erect. Make sure the condom is the right way up (with the ridge on the outside)

Squeeze the teat of the condom to remove the air bubble (this pocket is there to collect the semen) with one hand and roll the condom to the base of the penis with the other hand. If uncircumcised, pull back the foreskin.

Don’t put two condoms on for strength – they may tear more easily because of friction.

Apply a water-based lubricant to the outside of the condom to increase pleasure and to reduce the risk of the condom breaking. (Do not use oil based products, as they will weaken the condom and lead to breakage)

Now you're ready for sexy time!

When you're done (when you've had enough and / or after you've ejaculated), and it's time to withdraw your penis, make sure it's still erect and hold the base of the condom so that it doesn’t slip off.

Dispose of the condom in the rubbish bin - don't reuse it, and don't flush it down the toilet!

Where can I get condoms and lubricant? 
Condoms and lubricant are available at pharmacies, many supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines in the toilets of pubs and clubs.

What do I do if the condom breaks? 
If you think the condom has broken during sex, pull out immediately and replace the condom.
If the condom broke or slipped off during sex, you might want to consider emergency contraception, PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) or getting a sexual health check up. 

If you have been exposed to HIV, there is a four week treatment that may prevent you becoming infected. It is called PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis). If you think you have been exposed, you can call the PEP Line - 1300 767 161 but you need to do this as soon as possible and not more than 72 hours after exposure. 


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