Condoms are the only form of contraception which offers protection against HIV.


If used correctly, condoms are effective at preventing the spread of HIV and are the best way to protect yourself from this virus and other sexually-transmitted infections. However, there is always a slight risk that a condom could split or slip during intercourse.


Using condoms will not offer you complete protection against a sexually-transmitted disease which is something to bear in mind if you are having sex with a partner you know is HIV positive. However, the failure rate is low and condoms offer the safest way of having sex with someone who may have HIV or another sexually-transmitted infection.


There are a number of ways you can make sure the sex youíre enjoying is as safe as it can be.


1. Check your condom is in date Ė All condoms have an expiry date so if youíve had one hanging around in your wallet or bedside drawer for a while, make sure it isnít past its use-by date before you use it.


2. Look for the European CE mark - All condoms sold by Funky Condom go through a strict set of tests to ensure they meet safety standards and are suitable for use. There are a number of symbols which indicate whether a condom meets a high benchmark for safety including the European CE mark and the British Kitemark.


3. Never re-use a condom Ė Donít be tempted to use a condom again even if you didnít ejaculate into it. Always use a new condom every time you have sex and put it on before you have any sexual contact.


4. Make sure your lubricant is water-based Ė Oil-based lubricants can actually increase the risk of your condom breaking so only ever use a water-based lube.


5. Withdraw as soon as you climax Ė Once youíve come, itís time to leave. Withdraw from your partner straight after you orgasm and hold your condom so it doesnít slip off. Dispose of your used condom carefully after use.