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 relationships and safe, consensual sex!
There are four themes for National Condom Day this year, each one being an important element for creating safe and positive sexual experiences.
The themes are:
National Condom Day aims to raise awareness of the following key messages:
Condom use – Use condoms or dams to help prevent Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs). Condoms also help prevent pregnancy.
Consent – Communicate with your partner/s and check in regularly. Consent is essential.
Pleasure – When things are getting hot, make sure everyone is having fun. Pleasure is important.
STI testing – Testing for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) is easy peasy. A simple urine, swab or blood sample is often all that’s needed.