Valentine’s Day Week is Condom Week

Each year, 450 million condoms are sold in the United States, yet nearly 20 million cases of STDs are newly reported. One in four Americans will get an STD in their lifetime and it costs the health care system $17 billion dollars.

Most Reliable Form of Prevention

Condoms are the only contraceptive option that can prevent both sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. They are reliable, easy to use, and are 98 percent effective when used consistently and correctly.

  • 50 percent of all the pregnancies in the US are unintended
  • 50 percent of all new STD cases are among those aged 15-25

Condom User Errors

The biggest error is when a condom is not put on at all, but there are many other ways people risk infection or unintended pregnancy when trying to use condoms.

  • Putting on the condom after sex has begun or taking it off before sex has finished
  • Putting the condom on upside down and then turning it over and using it
  • Opening the package with sharp objects

Correct Condom Storage is Essential

Condom storage and safe use is essential to being sure that the product will not deteriorate prematurely.

  • Condoms need to be stored in a cool, dry place; preferably not below room temperature
  • Keep out of direct sunlight, extreme temperatures or exposure to moisture
  • Pay attention to the expiration date and rotate first in, first out

STD Testing

If you think that you might have been infected with a STD, it is essential to get tested as soon as possible, especially if you have a current sexual partner. You don’t want to risk having an undiagnosed disease that can cause you serious future health problems, nor do you want to spread anything.

Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City provides wellness testing for individuals, including screening for most major health risks. There are no doctor’s orders, appointments, or insurance needed to visit our facility for accurate lab testing.

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