PREVENTS PREGNANCY: YES; 85% EFFECTIVE
STI and HIV PROTECTION: YES
WHEN TO USE? A new condom should be used EVERYTIME you have sex
Type: Short Acting
Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on your penis during sex. Condoms stop sperm from getting into the vagina, so sperm can’t meet up with an egg and cause pregnancy. Condoms provide great protection and are one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy and STIs including HIV. They’re easy to use and easy to get. Condoms are available in many public places all over the country, and they are free in any hospital or clinic. Anyone can get them, so don’t be afraid or shy to grab some if you are planning to have sex!
Protect against STIs? Yes! Using condoms every time you have oral, anal, or vaginal sex is the best way to reduce your chances of getting or spreading STIs. Remember dual protection is important! Condoms are the only type of contraceptive out there that also helps protect against STIs. So even if you’re using another form contraceptive (like the pill), it’s a good idea to also use condoms to prevent the spread of STIs.