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Safe sex

Condoms and dams help reduce the risk of getting or passing on an STI (a dam is a thin latex square held over the vaginal or anal area during oral sex) by stopping semen, blood and vaginal fluids from being exchanged. As some STIs can be passed on through skin to skin contact, it�s important to remember that condoms and dams only protect the area of skin they cover.
Always use water-based lubricants with condoms, as oil-based lubricants like Vaseline and massage oil weaken condoms and increase the risk of breakage.  Use a new condom or dam everytime you have sex and check the expiry date before use. Condoms need to be kept in a cool, dry place.  If exposed to heat they are less effective, so don�t keep them in your car or purse. Condoms must be put on before any penis/vagina contact for them to be effective, as some sperm can leak from the penis before ejaculation.