By: Team LokVidya
The history of condoms is as old as civilization itself. The first recorded condom use dates back to 3000 BCE. King Minos was said to have poisoned semen which led to the death of several partners.
This led him to create an internal condom using the lining of a goat’s bladder, thus fashioning the world’s first known female condom.
Today, condoms help protect users from “poisons”, if you will, like viruses and bacteria and unwanted pregnancies.
While people have been persuaded to use condoms to practice safe sex by public health campaigns, it is worrying that condom use has been declining in the recent times.
Inadequate sources of sex education and stigma impeding frank conversations are two important barriers to increased uptake of contraceptives like condoms.
A key gap in practice of safe sex is that people neglect to use barrier methods of contraception (e.g. condoms and dental dams) when they engage in oral and anal sex.
It is vital to remember that while oral or anal sex cannot result in pregnancies, they can be a mode of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
This is true for both heteronormative as well as same sex couples. Moreover, barrier methods such as condoms are the only reliable way to prevent STDs. It is imperative that they be used when having sex with a partner whose sexual history is unknown to us.
It is reasonable to say that condoms are among the most important inventions in human history, with a far-flung impact on public health. We would be remiss not to use this fantastic tool on our journey of sexual exploration.