Condom-minimums

Turner_Condom_Minimums

Dr. H. Spencer Turner, former director of Student Health Services, published the above article in the Lantern in 1975. (You can view this article and others in the Lantern Archives.)

What was true in 1975 regarding the use of condoms, is still true today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:

  • Use a new condom for every act of vaginal/anal/oral sex, throughout the entire sex act. Make sure to put the condom on PRIOR to any genital contact.
  • After ejaculation and before the penis gets soft, grip the rim of the condom and carefully withdraw. Gently pull off the condom being careful not to spill any of the semen.
  • If you feel the condom break at any point during sexual activity, stop immediately, withdraw, remove the broken condom, and put on a new condom.
  • If using a lubricant, make sure it is water-based. Oil-based lubricants can weaken the latex and cause breakage.

FYI – the CDC did not have any comment on colored toilet paper.

Tina Comston, M.Ed.

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