January 10, 1997

Why Condoms?

How to Use a CondomStep-by-step instructions on how to put on a condom. Includes a tip for uncircumsized men. (cartoon version)
(Adobe Acrobat pdf version [388K])

How to put on a condomA short video clip showing the proper way to put on a condom, demonstrated by a very nice Dr. Marian E. Dunn.

The Female CondomWhat is a female condom? How is one used? Why is the female condom so funky?

Condoms for Prevention of Sexually Transmitted DiseasesPrevention is the most effective strategy for controlling the spread of infectious diseases. Prevention through avoiding exposure is the best strategy for controlling the spread of sexually transmitted disease (STD). Behavior that eliminates or reduces the risk of one STD will likely reduce the risk of all STDs. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 03/98)

Condoms as effective AIDS prevention and Does the rain in Spain in fact fall predominantly on the plain?
Cecil Adams - The Straight Dope 6 May 1994

"Abstinence or, more realistically, avoidance of high-risk sex partners are far more effective strategies. (If you're a gay male and thus in a high-risk group to start with, at least stay away from IV drug users.) On the other hand, condoms do offer substantial protection, and if you insist on having sex with a high-risk partner, they're a lot better than no protection at all."

[Please note Cecil Adams no longer archives this entry. If you have a copy of it please drop me a note.]

Condoms and their use in preventing HIV infection and other STDs

The correct and consistent use of latex condoms during sexual intercourse—vaginal, anal, or oral—can greatly reduce a person's risk of acquiring or transmitting STDs, including HIV infection. In fact, recent studies provide compelling evidence that latex condoms are highly effective in protecting against HIV infection when used for every act of intercourse.(CDC, 1/95)

The Role of Condoms in Preventing HIV Infection and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The proper and consistent use of latex condoms when engaging in sexual intercourse-vaginal, anal, or oral—can greatly reduce a person's risk of acquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV infection.(CDC, 2/93)

Abstinence, Condoms and Safe Sex—Sorting Out the Confusion

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, are
preventable. Individuals have several responsible prevention
strategies to choose from, but the effectiveness of each one depends
largely on using it consistently (every time).
(CDC, summer 94)

Condoms and HIV/STD Prevention:
Clarifying the Message

Our prevention message should be clear on this point: When used
correctly and consistently, condoms are highly effective; when used
otherwise, they are not. (CDC, 5/93)

Rosie the Riveter goes to the rubber factory

America is at war. And the battle rages on here at home where
our proud women -- wives, mothers, the girl next door carry out the
fight in the nation's arsenal. (a video visit to a condom factory)

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