Between six and nine billion condoms are used each year around the world. Condom usage dates back to about 1000 BC, when even the people back then found a way to prevent pregnancy and disease. A condom could potentially save your life. At the Wellness Center located in Student Health Services, we have many different types of condoms for sale (or 10 FREE each week if you like us on Facebook!). With a wide variety there should be a condom that is just right for you.
Types: Standard; Thin; Textured; Specialized; Flavored; Colored; XL
Brands: Trojan; BeyondSeven; Durex; LifeStyles
Price: 10 Condoms for $1.00
Watch the video below & see how condoms are made and tested:
How to Use a Condom Consistently and Correctly
- Start with proper condom storage -- keep them away from heat and light. Wallets, pockets and glove compartments expose condoms to temperatures that can cause them to break down.
- Look at the package to make sure it isn't damaged and the condom isn't past its expiration date. If it's expired or damaged, throw the condom away and get a new one.
- Open the condom package by tearing it carefully along one side. Some packages have a notch that serves as a starting point. Don't use teeth or sharp fingernails.
- Make sure the condom is right-side up. The tip should stick up from the center of the condom. If it's upside down, it won't unroll correctly.
- If the penis is uncircumcised, gently pull the foreskin back to reveal the glans.
- Squeeze the end of the condom so there is no air in the reservoir, and place it on the tip of the erect penis.
- Carefully unroll the condom down the length of the penis. Be careful not to pull the unrolled portion over the rolled portion -- this will make it difficult to unroll the condom the rest of the way.
- If additional lubricant is needed, use one that's water-based. Petroleum jelly, baby oil and hand lotion are oil-based and will break down the condom. Additional lubrication may reduce the likelihood of condom breakage during anal penetration but may increase it during vaginal penetration.
- After ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom to keep it from slipping off, and withdraw the penis before the erection is lost.
- Remove the condom carefully, wrap it in tissue, and place it in a garbage can -- not in a toilet. Never reuse condoms.
Are condoms effective at preventing infection with the HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
Yes. Studies have shown that if a latex condom is used correctly every time you have sex, this is highly effective in providing protection against HIV. In addition, correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other STDs.