The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants you to be safe as Cupid’s arrows take flight, so each year we recognize February as National Condom Month.
In the U.S. there are approximately 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) annually,about half of which occur among youth ages 15-24. STIs often lack noticeable symptoms and can be contracted from partners who don’t have a clue they have an infection. Untreated STIs can cause a host of medical complications, including infertility. Research overwhelmingly shows the value of condoms in reducing transmission risks with a host of STIs, including HIV and chlamydia. Also, condom use is linked with lower rates of HPV infection and cervical cancer among women.
Check with ASHA on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of February and share messages about condoms and safer sex. Below are sample Tweets and posts you can share throughout the month:
While using a condom may seem simple, it is important that you have the facts needed to ensure you are using a condom consistently and correctly. This fun, informative how-to video is another example to show you exactly how to "get it on" before you get it on.
Condoms undergo rigorous quality control testing at each step of the manufacturing process to ensure that they are intact, strong, stable, and have no holes. We are pleased to give you this exclusive inside look at what goes into the creation and testing of each and every condom.