I want to use condoms

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YouthCO is open 10:00 – 5:00 Monday to Friday and we have lots of free condoms and lube – or you can pick them up at your nearest youth clinic.

Condoms are the only thing that prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. They work best when they’re used correctly, and with lots of water-based or silicone lube.

To learn how to properly put on a condom, check out our condom demo video on YouTube.

We can also turn a condom into a dental dam, for safer oral sex on an anus (rimming) or vulva (going down / eating out).

Having safer sex can also mean talking to our partners about our sexual health, getting tested, and  choosing forms of intimacy that are less likely to pass STIs.  And of course, making sure that ourselves and our partners are into whatever it is we’re doing by first getting consent.

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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!