IMPORTANT: Whenever possible, show clients how to put on a condom. Use a model of a penis, if available, or other item, like a banana, to demonstrate.

Explain the 5 Basic Steps of Using a Male Condom
Basic Steps Important Details
1.  Use a new condom for each act of sex
  • Tear open the package carefullyCheck the condom package. Do not use if torn or damaged. Avoid using a condom past the expiration date. Do so only if a newer condom is not available.
  • Tear open the package carefully. Do not use fingernails, teeth, or anything that can damage the condom.
2.  Before any physical contact, place the condom on the tip of the erect penis with the rolled side out Place condom on tip of the erect penis rolled side out

  • For the most protection, put the condom on before the penis makes any genital, oral, or anal contact.
3.  Unroll the condom all the way to the base of the erect penis Unroll condom all the way to base of erect penis

  • The condom should unroll easily. Forcing it on could cause it to break during use.
  • If the condom does not unroll easily, it may be on backwards, damaged, or too old. Throw it away and use a new condom.
  • If the condom is on backwards and another one is not available, turn it over and unroll it onto the penis.
4.  Immediately after ejaculation, hold the rim of the condom in place and withdraw the penis while it is still erect After ejaculation, hold the rim of condom and withdraw the penis while it is still erect

  • Withdraw the penis.
  • Slide the condom off, avoiding spilling semen.
  • If having sex again or switching from one sex act to another, use a new condom.
5.  Dispose of the used condom safely Dispose of used condom safely

  • Wrap the condom in its package and put in the rubbish or latrine. Do not put the condom into a flush toilet, as it can cause problems with plumbing.