The struggle still seems to be real despite the Government and NGO`s pushing hard to sensitize people on HIV and AIDS.

Whilst the use of condom is strongly promoted, there still  seems to be a problem especially on procedures on how to use condoms hence more people are getting the disease while in condom.

The following 7 mistakes are commonly made.

Avoid them…

1. NOT CHECKING FOR VISIBLE DAMAGE

Nearly 75% of people never bother looking for tears or holes  even if they use their teeth to open the packet (don’t!) or snag the condom on their jewelry or fingernails.

2. NOT CHECKING THE EXPIRY DATE

Yes, that little date printed on the wrapper is news to 61% of users. Condoms last very long – up to 5 years for plain ones, though only 2 years or so for those with a spermicide, which gradually breaks down the latex. If a condom is sticky or brittle, toss it.

3. PUTTING IT ON LATE IN THE ACTION

About 43% of students in a sex-behavior study donned the condom after penetration had already occurred. Presumably they didn’t know that some sperm can be released before the final fireworks, posing pregnancy and STD risks.

4. NOT LEAVING SPACE AT THE TOP

It’s apparently news to four out of 10 condom users that before putting it on, you need to gently squeeze the tip of the condom to remove any trapped air and leave space for the sperm. Otherwise, the condom’s more likely to break.

5. PUTTING IT ON WRONG

Don’t you hate when that happens? About 30% of people put it on inside out and don’t realize that an inside-out condom is more likely to slip off. The safest thing to do? Start with a new one. The right way: The condom should look a little like a ski cap with the bottom edges rolled up (not under). The cap should fit over the pen_is so that the brim unrolls easily down the shaft.

6. SLIPPING OFF DURING SEX

To find a good fit, buy a variety of styles and sizes (there really aren’t that many choices) and try them at leisure. Remember, natural lambskin sounds nice and can prevent pregnancy, but it doesn’t protect against the viruses that cause AIDS, hepatitis, and herpes. Only latex can do that.

7. TAKING THE CONDOM OFF TOO SOON

Not a good idea. For the 15% of men who report doing this, losing an erection is a big reason. But erections can come and go during s_ex; besides, ejaculation can occur without an erection, bringing with it all the risks of pregnancy and STD s.

Stay Protected and healthy, Follow The Rules And Live Longer.

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