Triad Health Project - Condoms

According to the US Centers for Disease control, when used properly, latex condoms help reduce the risk of transmission of HIV/AIDS and many other sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Open condoms carefully!
  • Do not use teeth or scissors.
  • Do not use after expiration date.
  • Make sure the condom package is airtight.

NEVER use oil-based lubricants like hand cream, Vaseline, or shortening. ALWAYS use a WATER-BASED lubricant like KY Jelly, ID Glide, or WET.

Using condoms or lube with nonoxynol-9 may irritate the genital region and create another pathway for HIV and other STD's to enter.

  1. pinch, place, unroll
    PINCH the air from the tip.
    PLACE the rolled up condom on the head of the penis.
    UNROLL down to the base of the penis while holding tip.


  2. lube up
    LUBE the outside of the condom with a water-based lubricant.
    NEVER use oil-based lubricants like hand cream, Vaseline, or shortening.
    ALWAYS use a WATER-BASED lubricant like KY Jelly.


  3. hold on tight
    HOLD ON TIGHT after sex.
    Right after finishing, hold the base of the condom and pull out.
    Dispose of used condom properly.