Ensure client understands correct use
  • Ask the client to explain the 5 basic steps of using a condom by putting it on a model or other object and then taking it off. When counseling, you can show the pictures in the section on Explaining How to Use Male Condoms.
Ask clients how many condoms they will need until they can return
  • Give plenty of condoms and, if available, a water- or silicone-based lubricant. Oil-based lubricants should not be used with latex condoms. See box below.
  • Tell clients where they can buy condoms, if needed.
Explain why using a condom with every act of sex is important
  • Just one unprotected act of sex can lead to pregnancy or STI—or both.
  • If a condom is not used for one act of sex, try to use one the next time. A mistake once or twice does not mean that it is pointless to use condoms in the future.
Explain about emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)
Discuss ways to talk about using condoms
How Can a Partner Help?

The client’s partner is welcome to participate in counseling and learn about the method and what support she can give to her partner. A female partner can:

  • Support a man’s choice of male condoms
  • Discuss and agree to use the male condom with a full understanding of how to use it
  • Help him remember to use a condom every time
  • Help him to use the condom correctly
  • Help to keep a supply on hand
  • Make sure she has ECPs on hand in case the condom slips or breaks, or if they forget to use it