National Condom Awareness Day is celebrated on February 14 to raise awareness about practicing safe sex. The day promotes conversations about using condoms during sexual activities, the correct usage of condoms, and reducing the shame attached to buying and carrying condoms. It celebrates healthy relationships, highlights the importance of safe and consensual sex, and promotes positive sexual health, looking after our sexual health, and preventing unplanned pregnancies, S.T.Is, etc. So, dedicate the day or night or both to practicing safe sex, getting tested, and having fun. Read on to see how you can safely wrap up and get down on Valentine’s Day and National Condom Awareness Day.
History of National Condom Awareness Day
We observe National Condom Awareness Day during Condom Week in Condom Month in February. The day evolved from a series of efforts encouraging people to practice safe, healthy, and enjoyable sex. In 1978, students at the University of California in Berkeley organized National Condom Week. In the late 1980s, a support group was formed to promote safe sex practices and condom use during the H.I.V./AIDS pandemic.
The word ‘condom’ can be traced to three different origins. It is said to have originated from the Persian word ‘kemdu,’ which refers to storage which was a long piece of intestine, the Latin word ‘condus,’ meaning vessel, or after a doctor known as Colonel Condom, who invented a sheath made of the intestine of a lamb for King Charles II to stop him from having more illegitimate children.
Condoms have a long history from ancient times when people used animal skins and bladders — even tortoise shells — to protect themselves against venereal diseases. Ancient Egyptians wore sheaths to prevent the spread and transmission of bilharzia. The Romans used linen and the intestines or bladders of sheep or goats to protect the woman (not for pregnancy prevention). They were very interested in the effect it had on public health and the reduction in the spread of diseases. Modern condoms began when Charles Goodyear, an inventor, devised vulcanization, a process that transforms rubber into latex. In the late 18th century, the condom industry boomed, and condoms were sold wholesale for the first time. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the use of condoms.
National Condom Awareness Day timeline
King Minos of Crete believes his sperm contains serpents and scorpions that kill his mistresses, so he uses a goat’s bladder to protect his wife from the same fate.
Egyptians use linen sheaths to prevent catching and spreading diseases.
Reusable and cost-effective condoms are mass-produced.
Latex condoms are invented during the Industrial Revolution in America.
Marie Stopes, a birth control activist, promotes one of the first female condoms produced.
The United States Public Health Service informs people through a pamphlet released nationwide that using condoms during sexual intercourse protects men and women.
National Condom Awareness Day FAQs
Can condoms prevent S.T.Ds?
When used correctly, latex condoms reduce the risk and transmission of S.T.Ds like Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Trichomoniasis with 98% effectiveness.
What is National Condom Week?
The purpose of National Condom Week is to raise awareness and encourage the correct use of condoms to prevent S.T.Is and unplanned pregnancies. We observe National Condom Week from February 14 to February 21.
Can condoms break without the wearer knowing?
It happens. That is why it is important to inspect the condom after sexual intercourse and switch to a fresh condom if the sexual activity lasts more than 30 minutes.
How to Observe National Condom Awareness Day
Educate yourself and others
Remind yourself and other people of the benefits of wrapping up over pulling out. This day is a good opportunity to remind others that constant and correct use of condoms prevents pregnancies and S.T.Ds such as H.I.V./AIDS. You can also attend workshops or watch documentaries to educate yourself.
Practice safe sex
As you and your partner(s) celebrate Valentine’s Day, a good way to celebrate your love for each other is to use condoms during sexual activities. Condoms come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and even flavors. Get it up, wrap it up and get down to a day or night of consented passion and pleasure.
Getting tested for S.T.Is or S.T.Ds is a good way to know your sexual health status. It is also a way to detect and treat a contracted disease early.
5 Important Facts About Condoms
More than 35 billion condoms were sold in 2020 worldwide.
Double failsafe prevention method
Condoms are the only contraceptive method to prevent unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and infections.
The Danish condom
The Danish word for condom is ‘svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.’
Prevents the Zika virus
Not only does condom use prevent S.T.Is and pregnancy, but it is also the only method for protecting against the Zika virus.
Wearing a condom during oral sex protects you from sexually transmitted diseases.
Why National Condom Awareness Day is Important
It raises awareness
Many people with S.T.Is don’t know if they are infected, so this is a good day to get tested. You can raise awareness in different ways, including handing out free condoms, workshops, seminars, or social media posts.
Consent is emphasized on this day. Before any sex occurs, both parties must agree to have sex, and doing so with a condom can allow them to focus on having a great time without worrying about any S.T.Is or pregnancies.
It encourages honest sexual conversations
National Condom Awareness Day encourages us to have honest conversations with our partners about what makes us feel safe and respected yet receive immense pleasure during those intimate moments. Communicating honestly with your partner about your likes, dislikes, kinks, and fantasies allows both parties to have a more pleasurable experience.
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