The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 09, 1993, Image 2
Tuesday, March 9,1993
W Health Tips
Helpful advice for using a condom
By RON WEBB
Special To The Battalion
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
infection and many other sexually
transmitted diseases (STD's) are on the rise
and threaten all sexually active people.
The only absolute way to avoid STD's is
to abstain from sex. That means no sex, no
genital contact of any kind. This is the safe
option, and it is the option that many at
Texas A&M choose, but many students are
For those who are, using condoms from
the beginning to the end of sexual activity
is the best protection. The following are
some helpful hints for usjng a condom
Choose the right kind of condom - latex
condoms. Studies have shown that latex
condoms with nonoxynol-9 spermicide can
assist in preventing the transmission of
STD's. Lambskin condoms are made of
animal tissue which has small pores and
allows the passage of STD's. They should
Read the condom package and look for
the statement "prevention of sexually
transmitted diseases." Most brand name
condoms do prevent STD's.
Still, many of the novelty condoms,
such as flavored or glow-in-the-dark
condoms and those that don't have
spermicide are not effective against the
transmission of STD's.
Look for condoms which contain
nonoxynol-9 because it helps kill bacteria
and viruses that cause STD's as well as kill
sperm. Use additional spermicide in
conjunction with condoms even if the
condom contains spermicide for the added
protection from diseases and pregnancy.
These spermicides can be purchased at
most stores and are usually displayed right
next to the condoms.
Some people like to add lubricant to the
condom to decrease the possibility of the
condom breaking. This is a good idea, but
the lubricant you choose can actually
increase the chance of breaking if you are
not careful. Only water-based lubricants,
never petroleum-based, should be used.
Petroleum-based lubricants break down
latex in the condom. Don't use baby oil,
petroleum jelly, sun tan oil or Pennzoil.
Use a water-based lubricant. KY Jelly is
the most well-known water-based
lubricant around, but there are many
brands. Like spermicides, they are
displayed near the condoms.
Always check the expiration date on a
condom before you use it. This may
Always check the expiration
date on the condom before
you use it. Never use a
condom if the expiration
date has passed.
— advice from A.P. Beutel cemter
require turning on the light or opening the
car door, but it will help protect you
against STD's. Never use a condom if the
expiration date has passed.
Check for defects when using a
condom. If the condom sticks to itself or is
gummy, don't use it. You should also
check the tip of the condom for any other
damage that may be apparent (brittleness,
tears, or holes).
Vending machine condoms should be
judged by the same criteria.
Handling the condom is important,
especially opening the package. If you
have long fingernails or if in the throes of
passion use your teeth to open the
package, be careful not to puncture or
damage the condom.
A new condom should be used each
time you have a sexual encounter of any
type - this means, oral, anal and vaginal
intercourse. The condom should be used
from the start to finish of all sexual
encounters. The proper steps in making a
condom maximally effective are:
• Use a new condom for every act of
• If the penis is uncircumcised, pull the
foreskin back before putting the condom
• Put the condom on after the penis is
erect and before any contact between the
penis and any part of the partner's body.
• If using recommended spermicide,
put a small amount on the inside tip of the
• If the condom does not have a
reservoir or half-inch tip, place the condom
on the penis and unroll the condom all the
way to the base of the penis. Put more
spermicide or lubricant on the outside of
• If you feel the condom break during
intercourse, stop immediately and pull
out. Do not continue until you have put
on a new condom and used more
• After ejaculation, but before the penis
gets soft, hold the condom at the base of
the penis and carefully withdraw from
• To remove the condom from the
penis, pull off gently, being careful semen
doesn't spill out.
• To dispose of the condom, wrap the
condom in a tissue and throw it in the
trash. Condoms may cause problems in
sewers, don't flush them down the toilet.
Afterwards, wash your hands with soap
• Finally, beware of drugs and alcohol.
They can affect your judgment so you may
forget to use a condom or have sex with
someone you otherwise wouldn't. Drugs
and alcohol may even affect your ability to
use a condom properly.
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$500 and $2000 grants are available from the
Institute of International Education (HE)
for study abroad.
For more information and an application, come to
251 Bizzell West, Wednesday March 10, at 2:00.
Application deadline is April 12
Study Abroad Programs; 161 Bizzell Hall West; 845-0544
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In a program including works by Brahms.
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award for research
The Texas Association of
(TAAC) has named Dr.
Frederick Plapp Jr., Texas A&M
entomology professor, as their
1992 Public Servant of the Year.
The award recognizes
Plapp's research into the
development of resistance to
insecticides. The budworm is a
major cotton pest in Texas and
throughout the southern states.
Plapp, who is currently a
toxicology research scientist at
'Tie Texas Agricultural
ixperiment Station, received
the award last January during
TAAC's annual meeting.
The Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Student Coordinating
Committee is looking for
people interested in attending
the King Conference in Atlanta,
Ga. April 4-8.
The conference will expose
participants to King's
nonviolent beliefs and
philosophies. People interested
in participating must pay their
semester fees and plan to
attend the organization's next
general meeting Tuesday
March 9 at 7 p.m. in MSC 292B.
There is only room for 25
people to attend the conference.
Ranjan Natarajan, president
of Texas A&M's International
Student Association, has been
named International Student of
the Year by an honor society for
The Phi Beta Delta Honor
Society for Internationa!
Scholars announced the award
Friday night as part of Texas
A&M's International Week.
Natarajan, a native of India,
is currently working on a
master's degree in agricultural
In addition to this award, he
has also received the Eppright
Most Outstanding International
Student Award for excellence
in academics and international
awareness. He was given the
Bill Stout International Student
Award, which recognizes
students in the agricultural
Phi Beta Delta has over 60
chapters nationwide and is
dedicated to recognizing
scholastic achievements in
Dr. Dean C. Corrigan,
former dean of Texas A&M
University's College of
Education, has received fhe
Pomeroy Award for
Outstanding Contributions to
Corrigan said in a released
statement, "I value this award
so much because it was given
to me by my professional
The American Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education
presented the award to
Corrigan, who is also a
professor in the educational
He currently directs the
College of Education's
Commitment to Education
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