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5 reasons to celebrate International Condom Day before Valentine’s Day

By Winnie Onyando February 13th, 2024 2 min read

Every year on February 13, International Condom Day takes centre stage, strategically positioned just before Valentine’s Day.

This timing is no coincidence, as it serves as a platform to raise awareness about healthy sexual practices and the importance of safe physical intimacy.

On this significant day, the World Health Organization (WHO) showcases innovative approaches to condom promotion, including the use of artistic expression by renowned Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini.

Adriana uses expired or defective condoms as raw material to make pieces of art. Her creations include ornate evening dresses, vivid bikinis, elegant shawls, flowery carnival costumes, and other plastic arts.

“I want my art to be visible everywhere, reminding people of the necessity of HIV prevention,” Bertini says. “I prefer working more with the figurines because I noticed that they make people think about the meaning of ‘Wear against AIDS’.”

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Condoms remain the singular tool capable of preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies, making them indispensable in safeguarding sexual health and well-being.

International Condom Day might not be circled on everyone’s calendar, but its significance in promoting sexual health and well-being cannot be overstated.

Here are five compelling reasons to observe this important day:

1. Promoting Condom Usage: At the heart of International Condom Day lies a crucial mission: to spread awareness about the importance of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. With over one million STIs acquired worldwide every day, condoms serve as a frontline defense in reducing this staggering number.

2. Effective Protection Against STIs: Condoms are hailed as one of the most effective forms of protection against a range of STIs, including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. By acting as a barrier during sexual intercourse, condoms prevent the exchange of bodily fluids, thereby significantly reducing the risk of transmission.

3. Encouraging Open Dialogue: In many societies, discussions about sexual health and condom usage remain shrouded in taboo and stigma. International Condom Day seeks to break down these barriers by fostering open and honest conversations about safe sex practices. By normalizing discussions around sexual health, the day empowers individuals to make informed decisions without shame or embarrassment.

4. Combatting STI Spread: By promoting consistent and correct condom use, International Condom Day plays a vital role in reducing the spread of STIs. Through education and awareness initiatives, the day helps individuals understand the importance of using condoms as a preventive measure, thus contributing to the overall decline in STI prevalence.

5. Empowering Individuals: Ultimately, International Condom Day empowers individuals to take control of their sexual health and well-being. By advocating for the use of condoms and providing education on safe sex practices, the day encourages individuals to prioritize their health and that of their partners. It emphasizes the importance of making responsible decisions and reinforces the message that everyone has the right to protect themselves during sexual activity.