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   "It doesn't feel natural!

                                                                       "Have you ever tasted rubber?"  

We hear tons of reasons why people don't use condoms, but let's be real! Condoms, when used correctly are the best type of protection against the transmission of STDs and HIV. 

If you use them, great! But for those who are not as familiar with them, it's important to know how to use one properly. 

  • First thing, make sure the condom is not past the given expiration date, the packaging hasn't been opened or torn, and you didn't leave it sitting out in the San Antonio heat.
  • Use a  new condom every time you have sex and change acts with your partner. Don't use the same condom for anal that you just used for oral--this can transfer bacteria and put your partner at risk. 
  • Open the condom packet from one corner, being careful not to be too rough with it so it does not tear. Avoid using your teeth or fingernails.
  • Once there is a partial or full erection, you can put that bad boy on:
  • While pinching the tip of the condom to leave space for semen, roll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis. Be sure to check for and remove any air bubbles that can cause a condom to break. If you put it on the wrong way, start over!
  • If you are uncut/uncircumcised, pull the foreskin back before putting on a condom.
  • Once you have ejaculated, pull out before the penis softens. Hold the condom against the base of the penis while you withdraw, so that no semen spills out. 

Once you're done with the condom, twist or tie a knot so semen doesn't spill. Throw the used condom away in a trash can. A condom is not a goldfish--do not flush it down the toilet!

Condoms aren't just great protection, they can be fun too! Here are some tips:

  • Variety is the spice of life! Play with different styles and brands to see which work for you like colored, ribbed, warming, or flavored condoms, and more. 
  • You can never have enough lube. Placing water-based lube on the outside of the condom reduces friction and can feel great for both partners. Try out different types of water-based or silicon lubricants. Avoid oil-based lube ? the condom will break.

Questions about the female condom? Check out this site to find out about using it for vaginal sex, and this one to find out about how to use it for anal sex. 

Unsure of where to get condoms?

Condoms can be found all over--in gas stations, groceries and drug stores. But why pay? The Use Me team will always have condoms with them. Don't be afraid to ask. Check back with us to see where we'll be!

Do you know of another place in the community where we could leave some rubbers? Email us at and we will do our best to stock condoms there!