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Arguments people use against using condoms

Why?

Your partner may not like using condoms. If you want to be safe from STD, HIV and pregnancy it is important to learn how to talk to a person who dislikes using condoms.

How?

For every argument against using condoms choose the best response from the list of three. Place the letter in the circle after “Arguments against”.

Arguments against

Answer

Responses

1. You think I have a disease.

a) I don’t want either of us to take a chance of getting HIV.
b) You know many people infected with HIV have no symptoms at all.
c) We probably don’t have a disease, but isn’t it better to be sure?

2. But condoms don’t work.

a) They’re OK if we use them the right way.
b) Will you try condoms a few times and see?
c) They are the best protection available.

3. They spoil the mood.

a) It won’t be so bad after we get used to them.
b) Hey, condoms may even be fun.
c) We can use them together.

4. They don’t feel good.

a) It will be OK once we’re used to them.
b) Will you try condoms a few times and see?
c) But it would make me feel more relaxed if I felt safe.

5. They make me feel cheap and dirty.

a) But we know condoms can protect us.
b) I know you don’t like the idea but condoms are so important now.
c) Anyone can get HIV, even people like us.

6. I’m already using pills for birth control.

a) We’ll have to use condoms as well, the pill doesn’t protect us from infections.
b) That doesn’t help against HIV and STD.
c) Too bad - no condom, no sex.

7. I’d be embarrassed to buy one.

a) It won’t be so awkward after the first time.
b) I’ll buy them, so we’ll have them next time.
c) Embarrassment never killed anyone.

8. I don’t have one with me.

a) I’ll get one for next time, but today, no sex.
b) Sorry - no condom, no sex.
c) I don’t want either of us to take a chance of getting AIDS.

9. It’s against my religion.

a) Sorry - no condom, no sex.
b) There are all kinds of things we can do without having sex.
c) Well, maybe we’re not ready for sex.

10. They cost too much.

a) Sorry, I really care about my health and yours.
b) I can help you pay for them.
c) Let’s not have sex until we can work this out.