Condom myths uncovered!

You may have heard someone saying "you cannot eat a sweet inside a wrapper". Well, that's true but having sex is a serious matter. There are sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) that can be passed from one person to another and unplanned pregnancies. But condoms provide protection from STIs and pregnancy. Here are common myths that are not true:

• Myth Number 1: Condoms reduce your sexual pleasure

Using a condom can reduce your sensitivity but there are lots of different sizes, shapes, colours, textures and flavours of condoms; you just need to find the one that suits you both best.

• Myth Number 2: It's safer if you use two condoms

Using two condoms is not better than one as they are more likely to break. Only use one at a time.

• Myth Number 3: Condoms break easily

Condoms do not break easily if you put them on correctly. Open carefully, hold the tip and roll it down. Be careful of sharp nails, jewellery or teeth. If the condom won't roll down, it's the wrong way round.

• Myth Number 4: You cannot get pregnant or catch STIs when using a condom

If you use a condom correctly, you cannot get STIs. So be wary of condom tears or breaks and expiry dates.

• Myth Number 5: If I ask my partner to use a condom, they'll think I don’t trust them

Using a condom has nothing to do with trust. It means that you know how to take care of yourself and your partner.

• Myth Number 6: Condoms are only for penis in vagina sex

Condoms should be used for all types of sex, including oral and anal. Remember you can also get an STI on your mouth.

For more information on condom use or to get free male and female condoms, visit your nearest clinic or health facility.

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