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Condom (male)
Often simply referred to as a ‘condom’, the male or insertive condom is a readily available barrier method to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs, as well as pregnancy. The condoms is most often rolled down over the penis before insertion – but can also be used during digital stimulation (fingering). Most are made of latex, but non-latex condoms are also available.

Lubricant (lube)
A substance used to make surfaces slippery. A vaginal lubricant may be helpful for women who feel pain during intercourse because of vaginal dryness. If using a lubricant with latex condoms, use one that is water-based (such as Wet Stuff or KY jelly), as oil can weaken the latex. Silicone lube can also be used with latex condoms – but not with silicone toys, so you should always use water-based lubricant.

STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)
Any infection that is passed from person to person during sexual activity. Check out our STI information page for info on a range of STIs

For more key terms, visit our Glossary of Definitions page.