What is HIV?

Living with HIV

Sexually transmitted infections

Get tested

Protect yourself

Sex between men

Use a condom

A condom is the easiest way to protect yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV and to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Condom provides double protection

Unwanted pregnancy can be avoided by various birth control measures: pills, spiral, patches and so on. But none of these protect against sexually transmitted infections. A condom however has a two-fold quality, protecting you from unwanted pregnancy and infections. So stick to the contraceptive of your choice but also use a condom. This will let you enjoy sex with a sense of security twice as high.

Condom is a safe bet

Even if your partner assures you that they don’t have HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, this may not be the case. You can trust your sex partner but you cannot be absolutely sure until you get tested. As to several birth control measures, such as pills or spiral, it is also difficult to make sure whether your partner actually uses them. But a condom is something you can see and feel. You can be sure that you are protected against unwanted consequences, as long as the condom stays in place during intercourse.

Use correctly

A condom can only protect you if you use it correctly every time you have sex and for the entire time you are doing it. Whether you are a man or a woman – everyone must know how to use a condom.

In addition to a condom you should use lubricant which will make the condom more durable and the sex more enjoyable.

Condom is fun

Condoms come in different textures, aromas, tastes, colours and shapes. Try them out and experiment and make talking about condoms erotic and putting them on playful. There is no other form of protection that could add so much to sex.

Condom is available

You can get condoms at every pharmacy, store and petrol station. In every larger populated area in Estonia it is possible to buy condoms day and night, even on public holidays, right when you need them. But it would be wise to be prepared and have them on you.

What happens if you don’t have a condom?

If you don’t have a condom at hand, you should engage in other sexual activities such as fantasising, making out, fondling, hugging, caressing or mutual masturbation.

You find sex without a condom more natural?

Sex without a condom may feel slightly more natural but the risks involved are tremendous. A condom may feel a bit unusual only at the start but you will get used to it very quickly. What matters the most in sex are feelings, compatibility and the sex itself. A condom minimises the risk of sexually transmitted infections as well as unwanted pregnancy and once you get used to it sex with a condom will feel totally natural.

If you are in a committed relationship, both partners have been tested for diseases and neither has any affairs, you can feel free to have sex without a condom.