What are the basics?
Condoms and lube provide the most effective barrier to HIV and are also the best way to reduce your risk of picking up or passing on other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condoms can prevent infections passing from one partner to the other during anal sex. If used correctly and consistently condoms are very reliable. They can occasionally split or slip off, so it's a good idea to check from time to time that the condom is still on and that it is still intact. What can I do to reduce the chance of slipping or splitting? Choose the right size; condoms come in a variety of sizes, including tighter fitting, regular and larger fitting. Using a condom that is too tight or too large may cause slippage or splitting.
Here are a few more things to think about too:
Why can’t I maintain an erection with condoms?
Some men have trouble maintaining their erection whilst using condoms. Here are some handy hints:
What kind of condom is best?
There are different types of condoms available. It’s important to get the right fit of condom to make sure it doesn’t break or come off during sex. Steve Retson Project provides free standard fitting condoms in bars, clubs and saunas, while for those of you with different requirements, the clinic and the Free Condoms Service provides a wider variety including latex allergy ones.
Why not try out a variety of condoms in order to find out what shape and type is best for you. What’s the best kind of lube? Generally choosing the best lube is a matter of preference. However, if you’re using condoms, use water or silicone based lubes as they prevent the condom from breaking. Avoid using oil based lube including baby oil, cooking oil and butter, as it damages the condom.
It’s really up to you – why not try some of them out. Free lube is available in the gay bars, clubs and saunas and at the Steve Retson Project and the Free Condoms service.
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