This is because when used consistently and correctly during sex, latex acts as a barrier that HIV and other STIs can’t pass through. Water or silicone-based lubricants also help by stopping the condom from ripping or coming off.
In New Zealand, gay and bisexual men are the group at highest risk of HIV and there are three key reasons for this.
Evidence suggests that condom use among gay and bisexual men in New Zealand has remained very high from 2002-2014, with over 80 percent of men reporting high rates of condom use for anal sex with casual partners.
When condoms aren’t used during sex, the risk of contracting HIV and other STIs jumps dramatically - unprotected anal intercourse between gay and bisexual men is 18 times risker than vaginal sex and the single greatest risk for HIV transmission.
For HIV and STI rates to decrease in New Zealand, men who regularly use condoms need to be supported to maintain their healthy behaviours, while others must be encouraged to increase their condom use.
Where in New Zealand can I get free condoms?
The NZAF network