The quality, and thus reliability, of condoms has improved
since the AIDS epidemic began. With modern technology and quality
control, breakage of the male condom is rarely due to faulty
manufacturing. Most breakage is due to human error.
Thus, whenever possible, clients should be shown how to put
on and take off a condom. Clients should be encouraged to practice
using a penis model. This practice can give users more confidence
and make correct use more likely.
Key messages during counseling for correct male condom use
- Open the package carefully. Do not use sharp objects such
as scissors, teeth or knives.
- Hold the condom so that the rolled rim is facing up. Unroll
the condom onto the erect penis all the way to the base of
the penis before any direct genital contact is made.
- For lubrication, use only water-based solutions. Do not
use petroleum or other oil-based products.
- After ejaculation, pull the erect penis out of the vagina,
while holding the condom on at the base of the penis.
- Remove the condom. Tie it, then throw it away in a trash
- Use a new condom for each act of sexual intercourse.