We know that using a condom is the only way to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV, but we also know that young people (and adults!) don’t always use condoms. You can help the participants in your youth groups to think about condom use and how they can ensure that they and their partners stay as healthy as possible.

You can help young people think about how important condom use is for them and their partners. If their boyfriend or girlfriend is HIV negative, a condom will prevent them from becoming HIV positive and prevent STIs and unplanned pregnancies. If both partners are HIV positive, they must still use condoms so that they don’t re-infect each other with HIV or other STIs.  

Example SMS:

Do you use condoms with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Tell us why!

There are lots of advantages to condoms. Can you tell us any?

Sometimes talking about condoms is embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be! Try talking to your partner when you are alone and won’t be disturbed.     

There are male and female condoms. You could try using female condoms with your partner for a different experience.

There’s no need to be embarrassed if you don’t know how to use a condom.  Ask someone at your clinic to show you.