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.
The focus of National Condom Day this year is consent, which means agreeing to do something, or for something to happen.
The theme of National Condom Day is ‘Ask first: communicate and negotiate’. Asking for consent, communicating with your sexual partner/s about their needs, and negotiating safe sex, shows that you respect their body, their boundaries and their decisions.
National Condom Day aims to raise awareness of the following key messages:
All partners of legal age must enthusiastically agree to take part in sexual activities without fear, coercion or intimidation.
All partners have the right to use condoms and other contraception to protect themselves from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.
All 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.