(The following guide has been provided by LA County)
You may use either an internal or an external condom during each sexual encounter to help protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or 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 external condoms – lubricated, colored, flavored, ribbed, extra large, snug fit, etc. Also, latex or polyurethane external 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 internal condom – lubricated, polyurethane and made by FC2.
Importance of Degendering Language Around Sexual Health Products
At the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center, we refer to condoms as "internal" and "external" as a reminder that sex and gender identity are not synonymous!
Free internal/external condoms, gloves, dental dams, and lube are available for UCLA students, staff and faculty at the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center!
Condom Use Tips
Using an External Condom
Using an Internal Condom
Using a Dental Dam
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