All About Condoms
The CONDOM PROJECT (TCP) was established by a group of AIDS educators, activists and artists who are committed to direct action. We work domestically and internationally to de-stigmatize condoms among all people and to increase their use among sexually active individuals. We work to create dialog about why and how to use condoms, and communicate concise, clear, and useful information about their effectiveness.
In order to break down cultural barriers and myths about condoms and condom use, TCP works with local community based organizations and their coordinators. We teach local organizations how to use art, performance, and educational programs to effectively bring TCP's message to infected, affected, and at-risk populations.
The TCP Program introduces and develops creative strategies to reach people of all ages in all parts of the world. Innovative and culturally sensitive strategies are needed to bridge cultural, religious and societal barriers in communities that may be intolerant of condom usage, or confused and poorly educated about the effectiveness of condoms in preventing the transmission of HIV.
TCP uses non-traditional approaches to empower communities with accurate, life-saving information about condoms and their role in reducing the risk of contracting or transmitting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Some organizations promote the use of condoms to prevent life; at The Condom Project we encourage their use to protect it.
The Basics: We Create, Perform, Inform, Display, Recommend, Educate and Demonstrate
Use a condom. This basic act by every sexually active person reduces the risk of transmission of HIV to a fraction of one percent. Be an active participant in stopping the spread of HIV.
Using a condom during sex is no guarantee against the risk of transmitting HIV. However, using a condom reduces the relative risk of HIV transmission to less than 0.00000004% if used properly. When a condom is correctly used, the chance of it breaking and resulting in the transmission of HIV is 0.006% (1)
The surest way to avoid the transmission of HIV is to abstain from sexual relations. For many of us, this is not a viable option. So how do we reduce our risk while still enjoying an active sex life?
The Message is... Condoms
(1) These statistics are attributed to information shared at a workshop conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in Herndon Virginia, June 12th and 13th 2000.http://www.niaid.nih.gov/dmid/stds/condomreport.pdf