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Why use a condom?

Created by BabyCenter

You can become HIV+ if you have unprotected sex with a person who is HIV+. You can protect yourself by always using a condom when you have sex.

Condoms prevent you and your baby against infections you get from sex (STIs), like HIV.

Some health facilities offer free condoms.

Talk to your partner about the benefits of using a condom. Tell him that you want to use a condom to protect your baby from HIV. Your partner may feel that condoms make sex less fun. But condoms are made of very thin latex and can hardly be felt. If used correctly, they do not make sex less enjoyable. Keep practising; you will soon not even notice the condom during sex.

Get your health worker to show you how to use the condom correctly.

Many think that HIV can be passed on by mosquito bites. This is untrue. You will not catch HIV by sharing food and water with someone who is HIV+ or by being around someone who is coughing. Nor will you catch HIV by hugging or kissing an infected person.

The best way to protect yourself is by using a condom every time you have sex. Simply washing yourself after sex will not protect you against HIV.

You may be able to get tested for HIV at the health facility. Ask your partner to get tested too. Knowing early means you can get the right care and treatment, so that you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

31 March 2015