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.
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