Practice Makes Perfect
By Louise Yohalem
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Identify feelings people have about using condoms.
2. Describe ways that help a person become more comfortable talking about condom use with a partner.
3. Apply negotiating skills for condom use.
4. Describe how condoms can be a positive component of safer sex.
There are numerous reasons why people do not use condoms: they may be unfamiliar with them; be embarrassed to talk with a partner about using them; or believe negative myths that convince them not to use condoms. This activity gives participants a chance to confront possible barriers to condom use and to respond to these barriers. After participants have had a chance to develop condom dialogue competence, they get to practice their skills and increase their condom efficacy. Finally, negative ideas about condoms are confronted by giving participants a chance to brainstorm all positive reasons to use them.