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Division of HIV and STD Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone:(213) 351-8000
Fax: (213) 738-0825
Email: DHSP@ph.lacounty.gov
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Condoms

How to Order Free Condoms

  • Individuals living in L.A. County

    • Visit our L.A. Condom website to find out more about the Free Condom Program in L.A. County, including where to get male and female condoms and how to use one.

    • Are you a teenager looking for information?  Check out Teen Source.

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) and Businesses Condoms, including female condoms, are available free of charge to non-profit CBOs and L.A. County businesses that serve individuals at high risk for STDs and HIV. You can click here,  email condoms@ph.lacounty.gov or call (213) 744-5952 to order.

  • L.A. Condom Initiative - Interested in learning more about L.A. County's initiative to distribute one million and one free condoms?

How to Use Condoms

You may use either a male or a female condom during each sexual encounter to help protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV. Using more than one condom at one time does not double or triple your protection. In fact, it has the opposite effect because the rubbers/plastics rub together and can rip. There are different kinds of male condoms lubricated, colored, flavored, ribbed, extra large, snug fit, etc. Also, latex or polyurethane male condoms are highly recommended for safer sex. Polyurethane male condoms are a good option for those allergic to latex. Animal skin condoms are NOT recommended because they do not protect against HIV and some other STDs. There is only one type of female condom lubricated, polyurethane and made by FC2.

  • Condom Use Tips

    • Use a male or female condom every time you have sex. Use them for all kinds of sex: vaginal, anal and oral (male condom only).

    • For extra lubrication, use a water-based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly. Do not use oil-based products such as lotion or baby oil. Oil can make latex condoms weak and cause them to break.

    • Check the expiration date. Do not use expired condoms.

    • Store condoms in a cool, dry place. Do not leave them in your wallet or car. Heat can damage condoms.

  • Using a Male Condom

    • Put the condom on as soon as the penis is hard.

    • Before opening the condom package, check the expiration date.

    • Check the condom for air pockets by feeling the package with your fingers. If its flat, toss it and get another. If it feels like a pillow, then its good to be used.

    • Open the package with care by using the pads of your fingers. Do not use scissors, your teeth, nails or any other sharp object. Be sure not to tear the condom.

    • Make sure the "ring" of the condom is on the outside.

    • Pinch the tip to squeeze the air out. This leaves a space for the semen (cum) to be deposited. If uncircumcised, pull back foreskin.

    • Keep holding the tip. Roll the condom down to the base of the penis.

    • After sex, pull out slowly while the penis is still hard. Hold the base of the condom while pulling out.

    • Slide the condom off. Be careful not to spill the semen (cum).

    • Throw the condom away. Never use the same condom more than once.

  • Using a Female Condom

    • Open the packet and locate the two rings.

    • The smaller of the two rings will be inserted into the vagina*.

    • To insert the female condom, squeeze the small ring so that it can be inserted inside the vagina.

    • Insert the small ring into the vagina.

    • Use your index finger to ensure that the condom is inserted by pushing the ring and the condom inside the vagina until it snaps in place. Insertion of a female condom is similar that of a tampon you will know when it is in place. Once inserted, the outer ring (the large ring) hangs outside and will receive the penis.

    • The female condom can be inserted up to eight hours before intercourse.

    • When you are ready to engage in intercourse, it is important to guide the penis INSIDE the ring.

    • After intercourse, and after your partner pulls out, twist the outer ring to hold semen (cum) inside the condom (and to avoid spillage) and then pull the condom out.

    • Use only one female condom per encounter and throw it away when done. It is not recommended to use the same condom more than once.

    • *NOTE: The female condom can also be used for anal sex for men or women. For anal sex, follow all the steps above; however, be sure to remove the small ring before inserting the condom into the anus.

How to Use Dental Dams

  • Latex barriers called dental dams are flat squares of latex rubber that can be used for safer oral sex. Alternatives to dental dams include non-microwavable saran wrap or a square made from a non-lubricated condom (cut off tip of condom and cut condom lengthwise). Any of these can be placed against the vagina or anus during mouth-to-vagina or mouth-to-anus sex.

  • When used correctly during oral sex, latex barriers can help prevent the spread of many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV.

  • Store latex barriers in a cool, dry place, since heat can damage latex.

    • Handle the latex barrier (dental dam) carefully so it does not rip.

    • Hold the latex barrier firmly with both hands. Place the barrier over the vagina or anus.

    • Be sure to keep one side toward you and one side toward your partner. Don't forget which side is which.

    • For extra lubrication, use a water-based lubricant. Do not use oil-based products such as lotion or baby oil, since oil can weaken the latex.

    • Never use the same latex barrier more than once. When finished, throw the barrier away.

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