A Lesson Plan from Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program
Purpose: To learn correct condom use
Materials: At least nine pieces of cardboard (approximately 8 1/2. x 117); markers; latex condoms for each participant and for you; penile model (optional)
Time: 30 minutes
- Write each of the following terms on a separate piece of cardboard in bold letters:
- HAVE ERECTION
- TAKE CONDOM FROM WRAPPER
- ROLL CONDOM ON PENIS
- WITHDRAW PENIS FROM PARTNER, HOLDING CONDOM ON AT THE BASE
- REMOVE CONDOM FROM PENIS
- THROW CONDOM AWAY IN TRASH
- For large groups, add steps to the basic procedure. For example, add LOSE ERECTION, REMOVE CONDOM and OPEN ANOTHER CONDOM. Or, you could have the group think about starting the process earlier with cards saying DISCUSS CONDOM USE WITH PARTNER, OBTAIN CONDOMS and HAVE CONDOMS WITH YOU.
- If you have never done a condom demonstration before, practice by following the steps in Step 9 before you attempt it with the group.
- Explain that teens will learn the correct way to use latex condoms, to be more comfortable when they are needed. Remind them that although all forms of contraception can prevent pregnancy, only latex condoms can prevent STD/HIV infection.
- Ask what peers' opinions about obtaining and using condoms are. Allow for discussion, but be sure to debunk myths chat arise, sharing the following information:
Emphasize chat even when condoms are used, they can be used incorrectly, allowing a pregnancy or a disease to occur. Explain chat this activity outlines correct and effective use. Ask for enough volunteers to represent the steps. Give each volunteer a piece of cardboard. Ask each to read it and display it to the group. Tell them to form a line in the correct order so their posters describe step by step use of a condom. Ask the rest to review the final order to see if it is correct. (The correct order is listed in the Planning Notes.) Have volunteers post the placards in the correct order and be seated. Then demonstrate proper condom use, with a latex condom and either your fingers or (if you have one) a penile model. Follow the steps below, explaining what you are doing as you go along.
- No penis is too big for a condom. Condoms can be stretched to fit over a forearm.
- Condoms do not reduce sensation, although they do change it.
- Both males and females can purchase condoms—without parental permission.
- Asking a partner to use a condom does not mean you do not trust the partner. You are making a responsible statement about both of your futures by using condoms.
- HIV cannot leak through latex condoms.
- Condoms are tested thoroughly and probably will not break with proper use.
Have teens form pairs and give each participant a condom. Ask them to take turns demonstrating how to use the condom correctly, with their fingers. Conclude the activity using the Discussion Points.
- Open the package carefully.
- Roll condom down over model or fingertips of index and middle fingers.
- Roll the condom down to the base of the model or your fingers. Being sure to leave a reservoir at the tip (explain that space must be left at the tip to hold the ejaculated semen).
- Then, explaining that ejaculation has occurred, unroll the condom. Then, be sure to hold the base of the model or your fingers (explain that to prevent spilling of the semen, the condom must be held at the base while withdrawing from the partner's body). :
- Remove the condom and throw it in the trash.
- How easy or difficult was it to demonstrate condom use?
- How do men feel when they buy condoms? What about women? Do people feel differently about seeing men and women buying condoms?
- Is one kind of condom better than another? (Answer: Latex condoms do not allow the HIV virus to pass through, so they can protect against HIV infection. Lambskin condoms do not protect against HIV. Some fancy condoms are just novelties and are not effective as either pregnancy or disease prevention. Read the package carefully.)
4. What would you say to a friend who said it was not cool to buy and carry condoms?