National Condom Day originated from an AIDS support group in America during the late 1980’s, with the purpose of promoting condom use and educating people about the need to practice safe sex.
SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters) coordinates National Condom Day as an annual state-wide campaign. Taking place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, National Condom Day is an ideal opportunity to promote healthy sexual relationships and remind people about the importance of getting and giving consent.
The theme of National Condom Day this year is ‘Got CAKE?’ Using the CAKE acronym can provide a helpful reminder when it comes to consent:
C – Consent
A – Ask first – Both partners of legal age actively agree to take part in sexual activities without fear, coercion or intimidation.
K – Keep safe – Both partners have the right to use condoms and other contraception to protect themselves from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.
E – Every time – Both partners have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change their mind at any time.