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Birth Control and STI Information for Men

Every guy has questions about birth
control and STIs.

  • Where can I find out about birth control?
  • Where can I get condoms at no cost?
  • Where can I get checked and treated for sexually
    transmitted infections (STIs)?

The Family PACT program can help. It provides no-cost
family planning and reproductive health care to men,
women, and teens with low income. Eligible men and
women can get the family planning care they need. All
services are kept private.

Men can make a difference.

Family planning is not just about women.

  • Talk with your partner about how you can prevent
    pregnancy and STIs. It shows that you care.


  • Respect each other.
    Listen to what the other
    has to say.
  • Visit a Family PACT
    provider to learn about all
    the birth control methods.
  • Choose a method that
    works well for both of you.
    Some methods work
    better than others.

This booklet will help you
learn about birth control
methods and STIs.

Use a new condom EVERY TIME you
have sex.

Condoms help prevent pregnancy. They keep sperm from
meeting the egg. They also help prevent STIs. They cover the
penis and keep body fluids apart. Use condoms along with
your partner's birth control method.

Here's what you do:

  • Put on the condom before your
    penis touches your partner.
  • Put the condom on when your
    penis is hard. A drop of water-
    based lube inside the condom
    helps it feel sexier.
  • Hold the top and roll all the way
  • After you ejaculate (come), pull
    out while your penis is still hard.
    Hold onto the base of the condom.
    This way, sperm won't spill out.
  • Throw the condom away in the
    trash. Do not reuse the condom.
Putting on a condom

Take care of your condoms:

  • Use water-based lube with condoms. Don't use lotion        
    or oil-based products with them. They can cause
    condoms to break.
  • Don't use old condoms. Check the expiration date
    on the wrapper.
  • Keep condoms in a cool place. Heat ruins condoms.

You can get condoms at NO COST from your
Family PACT provider.

How else can men prevent pregnancy?

  • Withdrawal can be used to prevent pregnancy. This is
    when you pull out of a woman's vagina before you come.
    You can learn to tell when you're about to come and
    when to pull out.
  • Talking to your partner during sex can help too. It can
    help if your partner knows when you're about to pull out.
  • Use withdrawal with your partner's birth control method:
    • As a back-up if the condom broke.
    • If your partner missed a pill.
    • If there was a problem with your partner's method.
  • Withdrawal may not work for some men. Some men
    come too soon. For them, this is not a good method.
  • Withdrawal does not protect you against STIs.
  • It does not prevent pregnancy as well as using a condom.
  • If you and your partner are thinking about using
    withdrawal, talk about it ahead of time. This can help
    both decide if it's a good method to use.

Are you sure you don't want to have children in
the future?

Think about sterilization. For men, this is called a vasectomy.
It is a simple surgery where the tubes that carry sperm from
the testicles to the penis are closed. This is a permanent
method of birth control. It does not protect you against STIs.

And don't worry. Having this surgery doesn't change the way
you have sex or how you enjoy it.

Find out about Emergency
Contraceptive (EC) pills.

EC pills can prevent pregnancy after you have sex.
Your partner may need EC pills if:

  • You had sex with no birth control method.
  • You didn't pull out in time.
  • You only used a condom and it broke or came off.
  • There was a problem with her method.

Your partner must use EC pills within 5 days after you had

She can get most kinds of EC pills at NO
COST from any Family PACT provider.

  • If you are 15 or older, you can   
    buy some brands of EC pills
    from a pharmacy without a
  • If you and your partner are
    under 15, a prescription is
    needed to get EC pills from a
A couple

Use condoms to prevent STIs!

STIs can spread from one person to their partner during sex.
Use condoms to help prevent STIs. Condoms help you be
close without sharing body fluids. You should know that:

  • You can have an STI and not know it.
  • If you don't get checked and treated, it can get worse.
  • You can get an STI the first time you have sex.
  • You can get the same STI again.

Anyone can get STIs, including HIV (the virus that causes
AIDS). It doesn't matter who you have sex with - women,
men, or both. It doesn't matter what kind of sex you have -
with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. You can still get
infected with STIs - unless you are protected.

Profile of a man 

Here are ways to lower your
chances of getting STIs:

  • Choose not to have sex of
    any kind.
  • Use a condom every time you
    have sex.
  • Have sex with one person who
    only has sex with you.
  • Make good choices. When you
    get drunk or high, you may
    take chances. You might have
    sex without a condom.

Get tested for STIs and HIV.

Many STIs have no signs. But, these signs may mean you     
have an STI:

  • Discharge from your penis that is not normal
  • Burning or pain when you urinate
  • Itching, burning, or pain from the penis
  • Bumps or sores around your penis, testicles, or
    anus - these may or may not hurt

Get checked and treated right away. The sooner you get
treated, the better.

You should get checked for STIs:

  • If you had sex with a new partner in the last three
  • If you had sex with more than one person in the last
  • If you think your partner had sex with someone else.

If you have an STI, get treated. If you don't get

  • You could give an STI to someone else.
  • You could give an STI to a woman who is pregnant
    or could get pregnant later. She could then pass it
    on to her baby.
  •  Having one STI can make it easier for you to get
    other STIs.

Protect yourself!

  • Use a male or female condom when you have sex.
    Your Family PACT provider can give you condoms
    and explain how to use them.
  • Make good choices. When you get drunk or high,
    you may take chances. You might have sex without
    a condom.
  • Ask your provider about getting an HIV test.
  • Ask your provider about vaccines that help protect
    against Hepatitis B and HPV.

To find a Family PACT provider near you:

  • Call 800-541-5555 or 800-942-1054 (recorded
  • Go to and enter your zip code in
    the Find Providers box.

To find out more about Emergency Contracaption:

Go to

To find out more about STIs and HIV:

  • Call the STI Hotline: 800-227-8922
  • Call 800-CDC-INFO
    or visit
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