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, use the graphic, Correctly Using a Male Condom.
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)
  • Explain ECP use in case of errors in condom use—including not using a condom—to help prevent pregnancy (see Emergency Contraceptive Pills). Give ECPs, if available.
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