Gemma Styles: Talking International Condom Day
Great news everyone! It’s International Condom Day!
This day, that day, the other day… there’s always something kicking off in the awareness calendar and it can feel ~hard~ to keep up with all of them. Heh. Give me a minute. Great news everyone! It’s almost International Condom Day!! 🍆🍆🍆
Informally celebrated on February 13th (next Monday), International Condom Day uses its place on Valentine’s Day Eve to offer a timely reminder about the importance of sexual health and relationships. Condoms are still hugely important in this arena as a readily available, reliable method of preventing both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
You might feel like this is a subject that’s been done to death. Your teachers have told you, your parents may have awkwardly mentioned it at some point, we all know that condoms are needed in order to stop the spread of STIs. But somehow, that message is still not getting through, as figures from Public Health England are showing an alarming increase in the rate of syphilis and gonorrhoea. Between 2012 and 2015, cases of syphilis rose by 76 percent. SEVENTY-SIX. Clearly there is still some work to do here.
Even with a slight drop in the overall number of cases, there are still almost half a million people diagnosed with some form of sexually transmitted infection each year in the UK, which is sad and for the most part preventable. For the people in the back: it is recommended that anyone having sex with a new partner, or casual partner, uses condoms and also gets regularly tested for HIV and STIs. If you need information on where to get free condoms, testing or any other advice, visit the NHS sexual health pages.
If you happened to need any other completely random reason to grab a box of condoms - people are now also using them to put makeup on. Which I think is pretty funny, but jokes aside if you do get embarrassed about buying condoms in a shop then at least this is a non-sexy excuse you can use. Rope your friend in, have an unnecessarily loud conversation about their alternative use so the cashier can hear you, everyone’s a winner!
Important side note: If you’ve watched season eight of Friends then you will have learned, with Ross, that condoms aren’t 100% effective - but at around 98% (when used properly) they’re doing a pretty good job. Female condoms are less popular but another option, with an effectiveness of 95% when used consistently and correctly. If you are in a relationship then it’s a good idea to have a chat about using additional birth control methods such as the pill or IUD.
I think it’s worth mentioning that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about sex, or even romantic relationships; make it about the love you want to celebrate whether that’s friends, family or a partner. But if you are going to ‘celebrate’ in a physical way then do your prep and get your supplies first. The essential items for this ~coming~ fashion season? Stripes, ruffles… and condoms. You heard it here first. Happy International Condom Day to you all. Be safe out there!
Now how about watching a video of guys and girls trying to guess what weird sex toys are for? Ok then...
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