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Proper Condom Usage
Feb 14, 1997

If a person does not stop intercourse after ejaculation while using a condom, is the condom likely to break or slip? Is it safe to say that if the condom did not slip and appeared to remain in tact, that it did not break provided we followed the rest of the proper uses of the condom(leaving a space at the top, puttiong it on immediately after errection, ect?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Using a condom properly is essential if you want to be protected against HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's). Proper use includes removing the condom immediately after the man ejaculates, or when he starts to lose his erection. If he doesn't remove the condom when he loses his erection, the condom is much more likely to slip off or leak. If a couple continues to have sex after ejaculation, the condom will no longer protect them if it falls off or leaks. If they wish to continue having sex, the man would have to put on a new condom, after he gets another erection. Proper use of a condom is essential in order for it to protect you.

For more information about condoms, see the question, "real effectiveness of condoms/ What is the failure rate of condoms for heterosexual couples attempting to prevent pregnancy". If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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