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Using condoms is another effective way to practice safer sex. They not only protect against HIV, they can also help prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. You can use condoms alone or together with other prevention tools like PrEP, PEP, and U=U to have the sex you want and reduce your chances of getting HIV!


Types of Condoms

External

These are worn over the penis and sex toys to help protect against HIV and STIs. They are easy to use and may be available for free at local clinics and community-based organizations. They are also sold at many drugstores and online.

Internal

These are worn inside the vagina, front hole, or anus and are another way to help prevent HIV infection and STIs. Although they’re not used as often as external condoms, they may be offered for free by local clinics and community-based organizations. They are also sold in some drugstores and online.


Related Resources

Female Condoms: Effectiveness and Benefits

This page from WebMD describes the effectiveness and benefits of female condoms.

Female Condoms and Anal Sex

This presentation by Nikole Gettings, MSN, provides helpful information on the use of female condoms.

Condoms: Common Questions and Misconceptions

This article from Clue — a period tracking app — helps you make the best decisions about sex, protection, and pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood: Internal Condoms

Planned Parenthood offers both basic and comprehensive information about internal condoms and their use.