Latex condoms are an effective form of contraception. If used properly, latex condoms will help to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV infection (AIDS) and many other sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia infections, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis.

Use a new condom for each act of sex.

Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, or anything that can damage the condom.

Before any sexual contact, place the condom on the head of the erect penis with the rolled side out. Lesions, pre-ejaculate secretions, semens, vaginal secretions, and blood can all transmit infection organisms.

Unroll or pull the condom all the way to the base of erect penis. If the condom doesn’t unroll easily, it may be on backwards, damaged, or too old. Throw it away and start over with a new condom.

Leave an empty space at the end of the condom to collect semen. Remove any air remaining in the tip of the condom by gently pressing the air out toward the base of the penis.

Immediately after ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect. Avoid spilling semen.

Dispose of a used condom by wrapping it in tissue and throwing it into the trash. Wash your hands with soap and water.