By Carolyn Cooperman, MA, LCSW
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Identify factors that influence effective condom usage.
2. Describe the steps of correct condom use.
3. Demonstrate increased comfort with initiating conversation about safer sex and condom use.
All too often education about condom use fails to address the many factors essential for correct and consistent use. The active involvement of participants in this lesson is designed to relieve their anxiety about using condoms by increasing their confidence in condoms as a reliable form of contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections. The popular â€œCondom Line-Upâ€ activity and follow-up discussion addresses how to use a condom correctly, and the â€œOpening Linesâ€ exercise addresses the difficulty teens may have starting a discussion with a partner about using a condom.