It wasn’t always as easy as it is today. Once upon a time it was fraught with difficulty, reducing grown men to stammering fools.

The only place you could get them was from a chemist and that usually meant asking a woman who seemed to delight in the agony of the asking.

Embarrassment and averted eyes and asking for a host of unrelated products before you could get up the courage to ask for a packet.
And the product that produced this angst? Why, the simple condom, no less.

Nowadays condoms are available seemingly everywhere. Condoms in many sizes, colours, with added ribs and bumps to enhance the pleasure, can be obtained from convenience stores, sex shops, milk bars, department stores, even special condom shops that sell a host of items condom-related.

At the Victorian AIDS Council in South Yarra, we have two brands of latex condoms in three sizes for what we think is the lowest price in town.

In addition, there are two brands of lubricant in different thicknesses and a new silicone lubricant, latex gloves and latex dams. These products are also available from our medical clinic in St Kilda.

It’s important to remember that latex condoms must be used with water-based lubricant. Oil-based lubricants like Vaseline and baby oils can and will compromise the integrity of latex condoms.

Increasingly, there are guys (and gals) popping out of the woodwork who say they can’t use condoms as they are latex-intolerant. We have a solution.

Non-latex condoms have been available for a few years. While they are a little more expensive than the latex variety, they are still affordable to ensure a safe time by all.

Unlike latex condoms, the latex-free variety can be used with both water-based and oil-based lubricants.

However, when playing, especially in a group, it is best to use either latex or latex-free condoms but not mix the two, as the latex-free ones come with an oil-based lubricant inside the packaging.

info: For more on our locations or for pricing, visit www.vicaids.asn.au or call 03 9865 6700.

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