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FORGET VALENTINE'S DAY. IT'S NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK! (2/14/14)
National Condom Week a Reminder of Importance of Consistent Condom Use
(New York, NY)—Today many couples will celebrate Valentine’s Day. But at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), we’re celebrating the start of another important holiday—the launch of the 2014 National Condom Week, Feb. 14-21.
Condoms are an essential part of staying healthy and protecting yourself—and your partner—against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. Condoms can also improve any couple's sex life. Contrary to popular myth, condoms don’t make sex less fun. In fact, people who use condoms rate their sexual experiences as just as pleasurable as those who don’t. Why? Many people say they find sex more enjoyable because they aren’t worried about STIs or unintended pregnancy. For example, when it comes to HIV transmission, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using one.
“Condoms are an easy, accessible way to ensure you and your partner stay healthy and to enhance your sex life. Now that’s worth celebrating,” said Joan Malin, President and CEO of PPNYC. “With the recent emergency of a new drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea, protecting yourself with condoms has never been more important.”
Using a condom every time you have sex—even if you’re on another method of birth control like the pill, IUD, implant, or shot—is the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STIs, no matter what your age. Even if you think you’re not infected, you might still be able to transmit—or contract—an STI. Three-fourths of the women and half of the men with chlamydia have no symptoms, and it takes an average of 10 years for people with HIV to display symptoms.
Let this Valentine’s Day be the day you commit to consistent condom use. You will be healthier and happier.
Condoms are available for free in many businesses and organizations across New York City, including PPNYC health centers.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.