If you're having sex, using condoms and dental dams are the only forms of protection that can help stop the transmission of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) such as chlamydia, gonnorhea, hepatitis, HIV, and syphillis. Condom use can help to prevent unplanned pregnancies as well.
Here is some alarming data, provided by Ottawa Public Health:
Ottawa’s rate of chlamydia has increased by 48%, with over 3800 cases in 2018 compared to 2400 in 2013. Ottawa youth 15-29 years of are at highest risk and the highest rate is in females aged 15-24 years.
Over the last five years, cases of gonorrhea have jumped by more than 230%, with almost 900 cases in 2018 compared to 252 cases in 2013. Ottawa youth 15-29 years of age and men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk.
Rates of infectious syphilis have increased by 336%, with 140 cases in 2018 compared to 30 in 2013. Ninety-five per cent of Ottawa cases were male, most of whom are men who have sex with men (MSM).
I am happy to distribute free condoms to my patients during their appointments, with a distribution kit supplied by Ottawa Public Health.
Not coming in for an appointment? No problem: Ottawa Public Health supplies free condoms and dental dams and will even deliver them to your home as part of their Sex It Smart program. You can order condoms and dental exams from Ottawa Public Health for free online, here. Check out this list of free distributors of condoms in Ottawa.
How to Use a Condom
Check the expiry date.
Check the package (should be sealed and not ripped)
Put a drop of water-based lubricant or saliva in the tip of the condom for better sensation (oil-based lubricant can only be used with polyurethane condoms).
Place the rolled condom over the tip of the erect penis.
Leave a space at the tip of the condom for semen collection if the condom does not already have a reservoir at the tip.
If not circumcised, pull back the foreskin with one hand.
Pinch the air out of the tip.
Unroll the condom over the erect penis, all the way down to the base of the penis.
Smooth out any air bubbles.
Apply lubricant outside of condom.
Remove the condom immediately after ejaculation ("cumming"). Hold the condom on the base of the penis while pulling out. Pull out before the penis softens.
Throw the condom in the trash.
Use a new condom every time you have sex or when sharing sex toys with your partner(s).
Learn more information about different types of condoms and "condom negotiation" here.