Sex and Safety:
A Good Mix
As Teen Advocates for SHC, (formerly known as PSI),
we recently learned about a new barrier method, the
dental dam. We were surprised to learn that not many
of us knew about the dental dam and wondered if you
felt the same way?
A Dental Dam is a piece of latex that acts as barrier
method for oral sex. It helps protect against
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is placed
over the vagina or anus before oral sex occurs. The
dental dam is made out of latex just like the condom.
This type of barrier method is important because it
stops fluids from being transmitted during oral sex,
which protects from STDís.
Besides dental dams there is also, of course, the
condom. Most of you, I believe, must be familiar with
the condom and how many different types and brands
there are. Knowing about all the different condoms is
easy, but knowing which one to buy can be hard. You
might look at the price or might have a favorite
brand. Of all the brands, which one do you believe
would last longer?
Luckily, there was a recent study done by Consumer
Reports to find out which brand and type of condoms
work better. To my surprise, it wasnít the brand
Trojan. The study found that the type of condom that
worked the best was Durex Extra Sensitive Lubricated
Latex. It scored the highest in strength and
reliability. Durex condoms cost an average of .83
cents each. Itís important to remember that condoms
are the only form of contraception that prevent STDs