Updated 06 April 2016

Action point


Tips for using condoms:

 - Always use lubricated latex condoms and not those made of lambskin which don't block HIV and STIs. Polyurethane condoms also break more often than latex.

 - If you use a lubricant (lube), it should be a water-soluble lubricant in order to prevent the condom from breaking down. Products such as petroleum jelly, massage oils, butter, Vaseline, and hand creams are not considered water-soluble lubricants and should never be used.

 - Put lubricant on after you put on the condom, not before -it could slip off. Add more lube often as dry condoms break more easily.

Take a look at our HIV/Aids Centre for more information on managing your condition.


Live healthier

Your hearing »

Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? 4 foods that can improve your hearing

Healthy eating may protect your hearing

Watching what you eat can improve the quality of your hearing and reduce your risk of hearing loss.

Quit smoking »

Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke

This is why many SA smokers quit – Health24 survey

After running our survey for several weeks, the results are in – and they reveal interesting information about smoking and tobacco use in South Africa.