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About condoms

Condoms are made from very thin latex (rubber), polyisoprene or polyurethane, and are designed to stop pre-cum or cum from coming into contact with your sexual partner.

When condoms are used correctly during anal, vaginal and oral sex, they help to protect against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

  • If used correctly every time you have sex, condoms are very effective.
  • Oil-based products, such as moisturiser, lotion and Vaseline, can make latex and polyisoprene condoms less effective and can destroy them so should not be used.
  • Water-based lubricant is safe to use with all condoms.
  • It’s possible for a condom to slip off during sex. If this happens, you may need to get checked for STIs.
  • Condoms need to be stored in places that aren’t too hot or cold, and away from sharp or rough surfaces that could tear them or wear them away.
  • Putting on a condom can be an enjoyable part of sex, and doesn’t have to feel like an interruption.
  • If you’re sensitive to latex, you can use LATEX FREE condoms instead.
  • A condom must not be used more than once. Use a new one each time you have sex.
  • Condoms have a use-by date on the packaging. Don’t use out-of-date condoms.
  • Always buy condoms that have the BSI kite mark and the CE mark on the packet. This means that they’ve been tested to high safety standards. Condoms that don’t have the BSI kite mark and CE mark won’t meet these standards, so don’t use them.

Step by Step Guide to using Condoms

  • Take the condom out of the packet, taking care not to tear it with jewellery or fingernails – do not open the packet with your teeth.
  • Place the condom over the tip of the erect cock.
  • If there’s a teat on the end of the condom, use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the air out of it.
  • Gently roll the condom down to the base of the cock.
  • If the condom won’t roll down, you’re probably holding it the wrong way round – if this happens, throw the condom away because it may have cum on it, and try again with a new one.
  • After sex, withdraw the cock while it’s still erect – hold the condom onto the base of the cock while you do this.
  • Remove the condom from the penis, being careful not to spill any semen.
  • Throw the condom away in a bin, not down the toilet.
  • Make sure the cock does not touch the partner’s genital area again.
  • If you have sex again, use a new condom.
  • If you have difficulty keeping an erection you may not be able to use condoms, as the cock must be erect to prevent cum leaking from the condom, or the condom slipping off.

How can I get free condoms?

Pick up at the LGBT Centre

Please speak to a member of our sexual health team and arrange a time within our opening hours to pop in and collect what you need.

We offer broad selection of different sizes, like trim or slim, regular, large, extra large and king size.

Having the right size condom for yourself/partner(s) and water based lube prevents condom failure.

If you require latex free because of a latex sensitivity, please contact the team and we can arrange for you to speak to a nurse about your requirements.

By Post

We’ll send you condoms and lube, for free, and in a plain envelope. You can obtain free condoms and lubricants if you are a resident in either Birmingham or Solihull. Or contact Birmingham LGBT Sexual Health at or by calling 0121 6430821

Pick up in the Gay Village

You can still pick up your condom supplies from all the same venues in Birmingham’s gay village. Birmingham LGBT is now the distributor of the condoms and lube to the gay village.

  • Fountain Inn
  • Missing Bar
  • Nightingale
  • Sidewalk
  • The Wellington
  • Village Inn
  • Glamorous
  • Equator Bar
  • The Fox

Some Tips

Condom Tips

Here are some of the key things you need to know about condoms.

Always choose condoms that carry the BSI kite mark or European CE mark, as they are recognised safety standards. Don’t use novelty condoms, unless they carry the BSI kite mark or CE mark.

Always put on the condom before there’s any contact between the cock and the mouth, arse or vagina.

Use a new condom every time you have sex.

If you’re having a long sex session, change condoms after 30 minutes. Friction can weaken the condom, making it more likely to break or fail.

Never use two condoms together, as they will rub against each other, and this friction can weaken them and make them more likely to break or fail.

Heat can damage condoms, so store them somewhere cool and dry.

Check the expiry date on the packaging, as condoms don’t last forever and may be past the point at which they work.

Get condoms before going on holiday to avoid problems with language and trying to find somewhere to buy them.

Don’t use body lotions, moisturiser, massage oil, body oil, lipstick or any other oil-based product (such as petroleum jelly, or Vaseline) with latex condoms. This is because they can weaken the condom, making it less effective.

Use plenty of water-based lubricant, especially for anal sex.

Using condoms during oral sex can help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), You could try using flavoured condoms for variety.

Wrap used condoms in a tissue or piece of paper and put them in a dustbin. Don’t flush used condoms down the toilet. If you’re on a cruising ground please take your litter with you and dispose of it properly.

If you buy condoms online, don’t buy from auction sites such as eBay. Make sure that any condoms you buy have the BSI kite mark or CE mark and haven’t gone past the use-by date on the packaging.



Using lubricant

It is really important to ensure you use enough lube when having sex. This is particularly important for anal sex, to reduce the chance of condoms splitting, or of injuries such as skin tears.

If you are using latex condoms, use plenty of water based lube such as:

  • Liquid silk
  • Glide
  • TLC
  • KY
  • There are many other safe lubes

Do not use oil-based lubricants, such as, baby oil, body oil or lotion, petroleum jelly or creams (such as Vaseline). This is because they can damage the condom and make it more likely to split.

If you are unsure which lube to use, please contact us for advice.


Using latex gloves for sex acts such as fisting can cut the risk of infections if a new glove is used with each sexual partner. It is easy to damage the lining of the arse when fisting, so if fisting is followed by fucking without a condom then transmission of HIV to either partner is more likely.


What is a Dam?

Dams (or Dental dams) are designed for safer oral sex. A dam is a small sheet of rectangular latex that acts as a protective barrier between the mouth and the arse or vagina. If you are sexually active, using a dam can help reduce the risk of picking up or passing on an STI this way.

How to Use a Dam

Using a dam may feel awkward at first, but they’re easy to get used to. Some people may feel that using a dental dam will take away from the pleasure of oral sex , but this is not necessarily the case. Dams can provide a different, yet pleasurable sensation by adding flavor to your oral experience.

Use a new dam for each different sex act, just like we advise with a condom. If you switch back and forth with partners use a new dam every time you switch.

Do not use any oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline, olive oils, petroleum jelly, baby oil, or lotions. Oil based lubricants can break down the material (latex) of the dam, causing it to leak or tear.

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