Get Condoms: Condoms are the number one safer-sex tool. We always stock a wide variety here at the Minnesota AIDS Project.
Why use ‘em? Condoms prevent the spread of HIV.
Using a condom correctly every time you have anal or vaginal sex is the most effective way to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes.
In order to get the most protection out of condoms they need to be used correctly. Here’s how:
• Keep condoms out of extreme cold or heat—this includes your back pocket!
• Check the condom’s expiration date and seal. Don’t use an expired condom!
• Pinch the reservoir tip and roll it down to the base of your penis.
• Don’t double-up on condoms; it could cause then to tear.
• Avoid oil-based lubricants—they wear out the condom’s latex. Silicone and water-based lunes work perfect with latex condoms.
• Hold on to the condom when you pull out to avoid spilling fluids.
Need a condom? We carry many different types. Here’s a highlight of some of the condoms we have available in the community at MAP and at LGBTQ establishments in the Twin Cities:
Extra pleasure condoms have an over-sized tip. Because the tip is over-sized, it is less constricting on your penis. Many people say it feels more ‘natural.’
Extra large condoms are for big boys—remember that’s girth, not length! It’s the largest condom we carry.
You may have heard of the female condom, or as we like to call it, the bottom condom. The bottom condom is great for anyone looking to bottom. Once you insert it in your butt, you can wear it for up to eight hours before you have sex, so no hassle when you’re ready to get it on!
Other condoms we carry include snugger fit, ribbed pleasure, tuxedo, ultra thin, non-latex and regular. We bet you can’t try just one! Figure out what kinds of condoms fit you best. Actually using condoms will help you to reduce your risk.
Where to get ‘em?
Where can you find free condoms? Why, at the Minnesota AIDS Project of course! If you need condoms and lube for your own personal use, just stop by the front desk at MAP and the AIDSLine will hook you up.
If you need condoms and lube for a special event, such as a play party, please contact the MAP Risk Reduction team member, or email your request to [email protected] We can only fulfill requests from within the Twin Cities metro area.
You can also snag yourself one of MAP’s safer-sex kits during one of our outreach shifts at gay bars downtown.