Gold Circle condoms are easy to use, but care must be taken to ensure you use them properly.
Gold Circle condoms are made of latex. If used correctly every time you have sex they are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (Gonorrhea and Syphilis).
No method of contraceptive (Prevention of Pregnancy), however, can provide 100% protection against pregnancy or the transmission of HIV/AIDS or other STIs. The Federal Ministry of Health advises that avoiding sex altogether, or sticking to one sexual partner who has been tested for HIV and found uninfected, are the best protections against HIV/AIDS and STIs.
HOW TO STORE GOLD CIRCLE CONDOMS
Always keep Gold Circle in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Do not store in your wallet or in the car. Gold Circle condoms are lubricated. Do not use petroleum jelly/Vaseline, oils, cream or lotions to lubricate the condom. If you need extra lubricants, use Lubrica condom lubricant (available from pharmacies and patent medicine stores near you).
Always look for the expiry date printed on the condom pack or foil. If it is past the expiry date or the foil is broken or damaged, do not use the condom inside. A condom should be used only once and then disposed of properly. Remember one round, one condom!
CONDOMS MYTHS AND FACTS
False: I don’t need to use a condom with my regular partner because I trust him or her.
True: no matter how well you know someone, he or she could have HIV or an STI without knowing it. To be safe use a condom every time you have sex. Using condoms will help develop trust between you and your partner.
False: My partner is on pill or on injection to prevent pregnancy, so I don’t need to use condoms.
True: The pill or injection doesn’t protect against STIs. Condoms protect both of you against infections you may not know you have.
False: I don’t need to use a condom because my partner comes from a good family.
True: HIV infection and STIs do not care who is good or bad person. You cannot tell by looking at someone if they are infected or not. Anyone can be easily infected if they are not careful about using condoms every time they have sex.
False: using two condoms at the same time is better than one.
True: Friction between the two condoms may cause both to tear. One condom is always safer than two.
False: The AIDS virus is so small it can pass through the condom latex.
True: Latex condom has been scientifically shown to stop the AIDS virus, it cannot pass through.
HOW IS HIV CONTRACTED?
HIV cannot be passed on, like colds or flu. It can only be caught in three ways:
1. Through sex with an infected person especially if no condom was used.
2. By getting infected blood into your bloodstream. This can happen if dirty blades, needles or syringes are shared with an infected person, or if a blood transfusion is given where the blood supply is not tested for HIV before hand.
3. From an infected mother to her baby. This can happen before or during birth or by breast feeding.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE GOLD CIRCLE CONDOMS
1. Carefully tear open the foil pack at the edge to avoid damaging the condom. Do not use teeth or blades. Take out the condom.
2. Hold the tip of the condom to remove trapped air.
3. Place the condom on the erect penis.
4. With your other hand unroll the condom fully over your penis.
5. After ejaculation (coming or releasing semen) hold the condom at the base of your penis and pull out of your partner before your penis becomes soft. Slide the condom of your penis without spilling any semen.
6. Tie a knot in the used condom and dispose of immediately by either throwing into a pit toilet, bury it or burning it completely.
For more information about using Gold Circle condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS, STIs and unplanned pregnancies contact:
Gold Circle Information,
Society for Family Health,
Block IV, Plot 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28
Ogun State Housing Corporation Estate
Off-Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State.