Encouraging Californians to protect their sexual health!
Happy Valentine's Day and National Condom Week! In recognition of National Condom Week, February 14-21, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is encouraging sexually active individuals to talk to their partners about the importance of using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancy. Nationally there are nearly 20 million STDs and more than three million unintended pregnancies occur each year, and condoms are the only form of contraception that also helps reduce the risk of STDs.
CONDOMS REDUCE RISK OF STDS
Many people who have a sexually transmitted disease don’t even realize it, since many STDs cause no immediate symptoms. Research has shown that only 19 percent of single women 20 to 44 always use condoms, and condoms are used in only about six percent of sexual encounters among those 61 and older. Condom use helps protect your health and well-being — no matter how old you are or where you are in life.
DO YOU LOVE YOUR BIRTH CONTROL?
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and to all the birth control methods we love! Check out even more birth control themed Valentines. Don’t forget that even if you are using contraception, you may be at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Using condoms in combination with another method of birth control — like the IUD, implant, patch, shot or pill — is the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STDs!
MORE ABOUT CONDOMS
How to make a conversation about condoms easier? Check out these resources and information on how to use condoms correctly, and how to talk about condom use with your partner.