Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

If youʼre planning on buying flowers, candy, and condoms for Valentineʼs Day, then the Wellness Center has created the perfect free gift for you. On Feb. 9 and 10 from 11-2 p.m. in Lawrence Hall, the Wellness Center will be promoting “Sex and Candy Grams,” which includes a personalized valentine, chocolates and a condom flower for the one you love. You tell us your sweetieʼs name and on-campus address, and weʼll personally deliver the “Sex and Candy Gram” to your special someone on Valentineʼs Day! Supplies are limited, and arangements must be made at Lawrence Hall during the promotional. While condoms are always free at the Wellness Center, this is a special promotion for National Condom Day…otherwise known as Valentineʼs Day.If you are sexually active (or are planning to be in the future), then you should be prepared with a condom. Many couples feel that condom use is only important during the initial weeks of a sexual relationship, then as the relationship progresses condoms can quickly become a distant memory, especially if alternate birth control methods areadopted.

However, unless you are 100% positive of being in a monogamous relationship (polygraph tests included), and you have seen recent negative tests results for both STDs and HIV (for yourself and your partner), and youʼre positive that your partner isnʼt using intravenous drugs, you should use condoms for every sexual encounter. However, not all condoms are created equal. A recent Consumer Reports study indicated that certain brands and styles are more reliable than others.

The top seven rated condoms with identical results are listed as follows in alphabetical order: Durex Extra Sensitive Lubricated Latex, Durex Performax Lubricated, LifeStyles Classic Collection Ultra Sensitive Lubricated, TheyFit Lubricated, Trojan Extended Pleasure Climax Control Lubricant, Trojan Non-lubricated, and Trojan Ultra Pleasure Spermicidal Lubricant. If you obtain condoms at Planned Parenthood, be warned that their Honeydew and Assorted Colors condoms rated significantly lower on strength and reliability. Instead, try Planned Parenthoodʼs Lollipopcondom for better results. Make informed decisions about your condom purchases to stay protected.

Condoms are an excellent method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia if used correctly. To be effective, condoms should be put on an erect penis and before any oral or penetrative sex. While condoms are highly effective in protecting against diseases spread by sexual fluids, condoms are not as effective in preventing the spread of herpes or HPV (genital warts), which are transmitted through skin to skin contact.

Making condom use a consistent part of your sexual life can protect both you and your loved one from unwanted illnesses. Condoms arenʼt packaged latex accusers of infidelity, intravenous drug use and disease. Instead of thinking about condoms as a barrier to trust, think of them as protectors of your relationship and your health.

This National Condom Day (a.k.a. Valentineʼs Day), protect the ones you love. “Sex and Candy Grams” arenʼt just for lovers! Send one to friends and let them know that you care about their health as well! Remember to visit Lawrence Dining Hall between 11-2 p.m. onFeb. 9 and Feb. 10 to reserve a free “Sex and Candy Gram” for the people you care about the most.

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