Condoms & Latex
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Where to Get Condoms or Latex
The Latex League is a student group that educates students on the correct use of latex protection to reduce their risks of sexually-transmitted infections (if or when they choose to be sexually active) and to provide latex products at an affordable price. Latex products reduce the risk of STI infection, but the only 100% certain method of protection is abstinence.
The Latex League, located in 355 Baker University Center, sells condoms, latex gloves, and dental dams at cost. In order to become a member, a person can watch a demonstration of the 13 steps of how to correctly use a condom. Condoms are $.25 for Lifestyle and $.50 for Trojan, dental dams $1.00 each, and latex gloves $.25. We also have female condoms for no cost (they are normally $4.00)
Stop by at our Hump Day sales and get 5 Lifestyle condoms for $1!!!
Using Condoms for Safer Sex
Condoms offer the best risk reduction for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) among sexually active women and men. (CDC, 1999). Condoms are effective because they block contact with body fluids that cause sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Most reports of condom failure are the result of inconsistent or incorrect use, not breakage. (Malcalusco, et al., 1999).
In order for condom use to be most effective, remember these things:
- Handle condoms gently
- Store condoms in a cool, dry place
- Long exposure to air, heat, and light makes them more likely to break
- Do not carry condoms continuously in a pocket, wallet or a glove compartment
- Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants, such as KY Jelly, Aqua Lube, Gyno II, Probe or Astroglide with latex condoms
- Do not use oil-based lubricants like petroleum jelly, hand and body creams, butter, vegetable oils, baby oil, massage oils, suntan oil, or whipped cream with latex condoms (oil-based lubricants break down the latex and the condom will break)
- Never reuse a condom
- If a condom breaks or leakage occurs during intercourse or withdrawal, immediately apply a spermicide into the vagina and seek additional medical help
There are thirteen steps to using a condom correctly:
- Get consent
- Check the expiration date
- Check for spermicidal lubricant
- Check to make sure there is air in the package
- Slide condom to side and open
- Look for correct direction to roll down
- Check for reservoir tip, if it doesn't have one create one, leave an inch
- Squeeze air out of tip
- Place additional spermicide into condom and vaginal tract (some people are allergic to spermicide)
- Roll condom down to the base of penis and withdraw before losing erection
- Hold condom to base of penis and withdraw
- Knot condom and throw away (don't flush it down the commode)
- Cleanse genitals and hands