For many people, sexuality is part of their lives. It involves feelings of love, lust or security. Sexuality is about physical closeness between people. This gives rise to positive feelings, trust and sexual arousal.
Sexuality means different things to different people. It takes many different forms. Not every person likes sex in the same way. This is okay!
One thing is particularly important: sexual activities must always be voluntary and consensual. This means that every person involved agrees to a sexual activity. And that everybody has control of what happens to their body.
No matter whether it is in a long-term relationship or during a spontaneous sexual contact:
The use of condoms prevents HIV infections and reduces the risk of catching other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condoms also offer protection against unintentional pregnancy/fatherhood.
There are two types of condoms:
- The condom which is used the most in Germany;
- The internal (or female) condom.
Condoms are usually made from latex, nitrile polymer or polyurethane. They form an ultra-thin barrier between the partners’ mucous membranes and prevent the exchange of body fluids.
Condoms offer protection against HIV during vaginal and anal sex. Internal condoms protect you against HIV during vaginal sex. Condoms also provide protection when you are sharing sex toys.
STIs can be transmitted through many different sexual practices. Unfortunately, condoms and internal condoms do not offer full protection against STIs.
When having vaginal sex or anal sex with a condom, please use additional lubricant. First roll the condom over the penis. Then put enough lubricant on the penis. This makes it easier to insert the penis with a condom. This is more pleasant for many people. The lubricant also protects the condom.
You can usually get lubricants in the same shops as the condoms. Please note: Good lubricants are made with water or silicone. Never use fat-based lubricants such as vaseline, baby oil, body lotion, massage oil, butter or margarine as they will damage the condom.
Continue reading about the safe use of condoms and internal condoms here.