Condoms : How to Avoid Common User Errors
Condoms are 99% effective at preventing pregnancies and STI’s. This is of course, only if you use them properly.
50 studies recently gathered 14 countries during the years between 1995 and 2011 have been analyzed by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KICURT). These studies highlight a number of user inflicted condom errors. Some of the mistakes include using a sharp object to open the packet, putting a condom on too late or by taking it off too early.
These studies found that between 17 and 51.1 % of people put a condom on after sex has already begun and between 13.6 and 44.7 % percent said that they take it off too early. Even at the lowest outliers, 13 % of people is still too many in ONE’s mind. These studies also found that up to 45.7 percent of men surveyed did not leave space at the tip of the condom for semen.
Studies regarding condom efficacy are commonplace however much attention has not been given to how consistently and properly condoms are used by their user. ONE Condoms wants all of our users to safely and properly know how to use a condom. Included in every ONE Condoms packet are detailed instructions on how to properly use a condom. Here’s how to use condoms correctly.
First, handle with care. You should always remember to store condoms in a cool, dry place. Condoms don’t like extreme temperatures. Also, do not use if expired. Tear open the package carefully. Do not use your fingernails, teeth or anything that could damage the condom. Make sure to push the condom away from the foil notch when you are going to tear. Once out of the package, roll the condom on with your fingers before any sexual contact. Remember to pinch the receptacle tip of the condom between your thumb and forefinger. This prevents air from becoming trapped at the tip of the condom and allows space for semen. Use the condom during the entirety of your sex session. Using lubricant will reduce the risk of your condom breaking also. Once finished, hold the base of the condom after withdrawal.
Remember condoms are only effective if used properly. ONE Condoms keeps you protected and informed from harmful and unwanted diseases. Many infections could be avoided by improved user effectiveness. A portion of every ONE Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
Stay safe and use ONE everytime.
Happy Monday! What better a way to start off the week than being reminded by an animated hot dog that your life is in your hands. Always use condoms.
The whole month of November, LoopDeLoop, a monthly animation challenge, is featuring condoms as its theme in honor of World Aids Day December 1st. Check back periodically for additional animation videos.
ONE Condoms supports self-expression and art to promote safe sex. ONE donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
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ONE Condoms Office Profile - Max “Flash” Gordon
Hey ONE Condom Fans! We polled our facebook fans to find out which office member they wanted to know more about. August’s choice was obvious…So, without further adieu… Meet Max, Marketing Guru & Photography Fanatic.
Name: Max “Flash” Gordon
Title: Marketing Guru & Photography Fanatic
Favorite ONE Condom: Pleasure Plus. It really gets me and my partner going. Those internal ribs are absolutely tantalizing!
Why do they call you flash? They call me Flash because I love comic books, particularly that of Flash Gordon and I also finish each task I undertake in a Flash. Not to mention my predilection for speedlight flashes.
Favorite Food? Sauerkraut and coriander - together. A must try combination!
Favorite Phrase? “I’m gonna go with my instincts on this one”
Preferred Condom transportation method? ONE Condoms tin; I carry multiples at all times. You can never be too prepared
Sexiest opening line? “It’s like a sauna in here.”
Most Outlandish sex place? The open roof of a 6 story building. We spent the night there and watched the sunrise. I recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Favorite Position? “The toe toucher”
Sounds for Baby Making Music? It has to be “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. You know, that song in the finale of Dirty Dancing. Lift your partner as Swayze did and instantaneous love is in the air.
My Move? A counter clockwise whirl
Best Date night idea? Attending a local art gallery opening and going to grab a frozen novelty after. I love to expand my horizons!
Best Date Movie? Anything to do with Paris France. In the past I would say Paris, Je t’aime. It’s a collection of shorts that highlight the most romantic city in the world, Paris. I recently took a date to Midnight in Paris and we both absolutely loved it!
Each month we will highlight a ONE® employee. Help us decide who to highlight by voting on facebook.
ONE Condoms Office Profile - Sheena Quintyne
Hey ONE Condom Fans! We polled our facebook fans who at ONE they wanted to know more about. The result was obvious that you wanted to learn more about Sheena, our Video Vixen Intern.
Once every month we will profile others in our office. Keep updated and vote on who in the office you want to get to know. So here she is, the amazingly talented Sheena Quintyne!
Name: Sheena Quintyne
Title: Video Vixen Intern
Favorite One Condom : Bubblegum Flavorwave
Do I play starwars with glow in the dark condoms? No. But that’s a really good idea!
Why did you choose this internship? I get to craft videos, which is my favorite medium of all time, about an important social issue.
What’s the craziest place you made whoopie? In my kitchen. Whoopie pies are delish.
What do you like most about your job? Video internships are extremely scarce and they mostly consist of getting coffee and doing tape runs. Not this one. The fact that I’m actually doing video is awesome and my nutty ideas are put into action. Also, where else can I take part in a dental-dam smelling exercise? Seriously.
Do you have your hair dyed? Several times. I’m still growing out a fierce copper color.
What’s your favorite movie? This is difficult. I think it’s “Coming to America.” Brings me back to childhood.
What’s your favorite food? West Indian Food.
What’s your favorite artist? Music? It’s Alison Hinds Visual? It’s between Basquiat and Keith Harring
What’s your favorite place? I am biased. It’s Barbados (born there)
Any Hobbies? I sketch a lot and I love doing hair, mostly my own.
Favorite phrase? “They can put a man on the moon, but can’t fix my brakepads.”
Double the Protection? Should people use 2 condoms simultaneously?
It’s often said that two is better than one. But is this the case when it comes to safe sex practices? Is it more protective for a man to wear two condoms to try preventing from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Along the same thinking, is it also better for people to use both a male condom and a female condom at the same time?
The overwhelmingly decisive answer from a recent study conducted by the University of Arizona’s Health Center was that health care providers, educators, and manufacturing representatives are adamantly against the practice of wearing two condoms.
Two condoms actually cause excessive friction to be increased during intercourse and are more likely to cause the condoms to rip or tear. New York University Health Center stated that condoms are designed to be used one at a time. The use of two is not an effective safety practice due to the ability of the condoms to slip off and break.
Despite the ineffectiveness of two condoms, it is very reassuring to know that the single use of a condom is highly reliable (99.9% effective) in preventing pregnancies and STDs and is proper sexual practice whenever engaging in sex.
Also, a female condom should NEVER be used at the same time as a male condom as this will also create excessive friction and reduce the effectiveness of both condoms. It is actually worse practice to do this than to use just a single condom.
Here at ONE we want you to engage in safer sexual practices and hope that you can sign our Oath here to help spread the word about a world that engages in safer sex.
Brakes slowly being pumped on AIDS pandemic by UN
The need for a new global policy on combatting the AIDS virus has finally arrived. The United Nations, normally known for its abstinence and fidelity proclamations, has recently stressed a stance on promoting a “correct and consistent use of condoms” to fight AIDS. This is a first for the UN General Assembly as they have normally held a more reserved plan of attack on stopping the AIDS pandemic.
Currently the global need for condoms to combat HIV and for family planning has increased from an estimated 13 billion condoms in 2004 to about 19 billion condoms in 2010, according to the UN Population Fund.
In 2010, the UN gave out 3.2 billion condoms to its target countries up from 2.7 billion condoms in 2009.
Despite this discrepancy, the UN’s new policy will help to leverage the capacity of contraceptive production and distribute and educate by any means possible.
George Tembo, the AIDS/HIV department head at the UN Population Fund, is right when he says that ”it is not just about distributing them, you have to make sure people know about them and how to use them. Otherwise they are just left to melt in the sun.”
Educational efforts as well as distribution practices are at the forefront of the UN’s policy making which also has a goal of getting drugs to all AIDS sufferers by 2015.
The treatment intervention needs to outrace new cases of infections. Help promote safe sex and condom usage by using contraceptives. It can only help reduce the global pandemic.
At ONE we are fully committed to supporting local and global communities to promote safe sexual practices. We partner with many organizations globally to help combat this pandemic. Please look to our ONE Condoms clinic finder here for more information on your local clinics and to assist you with your well-being and sexual health.