Wrapping up #NationalCondomWeek

Posted February 17, 2022

Candy hearts for National Condom WeekSunday marks the end of #NationalCondomWeek. Male (external) condoms, female (internal) condoms, and dental dams offer protection from HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia and other STIs. Condoms are a great way to look after your sexual health and are 98% effective when used correctly. They are also the only form of contraception that protects the user against STIs.

Condom Usage and Effectiveness

This page on CDC.gov provides information on the correct use of male (external) and female (internal) condoms and dental dams, as well male (external) condom effectiveness for STDs, and links to additional resources for consumers.

Resources for Public Health Professionals

CondomsThis fact sheet presents evidence concerning the male latex condoms and the prevention of STDs, including HIV, based on information about how different STDs are transmitted, the physical properties of condoms, the anatomic coverage or protection that condoms provide, and epidemiologic studies assessing condom use and STD risk. This fact sheet updates previous CDC fact sheets on condom effectiveness for STD prevention by incorporating additional evidence-based findings from published epidemiologic studies.

Additional CDC Resources for Public Health Professionals

Condom Distribution as a Structural Level Intervention for HIV Prevention

Person holding condom packageAccording to CDC.gov, Condom Distribution Programs (CDPs) have been proven to increase condom use, prevent HIV/STDs, and save money. CDPs change the environment so that there is increased availability, accessibility, and acceptability of condom use. CDC requires select grantees to implement CDPs as part of a larger HIV prevention strategy. Learn more about the CDC’s intervention research.

Learn more about the Scientific Support for Condom Distribution, Considerations for Implementing Structural-Level Condom Distribution Programs, Strategic Planning of Your CDP, and Examples of Successful CDPs on the CDC’s page Condom Distribution as a Structural Level Intervention.

Learn what our our capacity-building partners, the California Prevention Training Center, are doing to strengthen the availability and accessibility to condoms in their Condom Distribution as a Structural Intervention Institute.

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