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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):Note: STIs are the same thing as STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), but we prefer to say infection because the word disease often carries a negative connotation and stigma. All STIs are either curable or treatable, they’re very common, and someone with an STI can lead a normal, healthy life.
If you think you might have an STI, go to one of the local clinics listed above, or talk to your doctor. Any changes in odor, discharge, warts/bumps, painful urination, itching, etc are all great signs to get tested. However, everyone who is sexually active should get tested every 6 months or every new sexual partner, whichever comes first.
Check the expiration date and make sure there’s an air bubble, indicating the package doesn’t have any holes. Also make sure the condom was stored in a cool dry place.
Open the wrapper carefully at the edge. Don’t use your teeth-- it’s easier to tear the condom that way.
Place the condom over the penis, pinching the tip so the semen has somewhere to go. If you put the condom on inside-out, throw it away and get a new one because there may be pre-cum on the side that penetrates your partner.
Carefully roll the condom all the way down the penis.
When pulling the penis out after sex, hold the condom at the base of the penis.
Remove the condom while the penis is still erect. Be careful not to spill any semen.
Tie a knot at the top of the condom and throw it in the trash. Don’t flush down the toilet.