Condoms - Male

This module on Male Condoms is designed for the providers in developing countries who most often are tasked with providing FP services—primarily nurses and nurse-midwives, as well as primary care physicians. It assume trainees will have, at minimum, a nurse’s level of clinical training. Although the module can be used for Community Health Workers (CHWs), they would need basic literacy skills.

Designed to actively involve the trainees in the learning process, sessions include:

  • presentation slide sets,
  • simulation skills practice in the form of roleplays,
  • discussions,
  • case studies and practice, and
  • using objective competency-based skills checklists.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training, trainees should be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of the male condom in a manner that clients can understand, including:
    1. What the male condom is and how it works
    2. Effectiveness
    3. STI/HIV protection and pregnancy prevention--dual protection
    4. Non-contraceptive health benefits and other characteristics (e.g. ease of use, advantages and limitations)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to counsel clients on the following:
    1. How to put on a male condom
    2. Practices to avoid
    3. Problems with condom use and how to address them
    4. Common concerns, misconceptions, myths, and fears
    5. Negotiating condom use with a partner
    6. When to return (e.g. for resupply; condom broke or was not used and need emergency contraception)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct routine follow-up for clients in a way that enhances continuing satisfaction and acceptance.
  4. Demonstrate how to correctly put on a male condom, using a penis model.
  5. Identify problems that may require switching to another method (e.g. latex allergy, treatment for vaginitis).

Read the Quick Start guide below, if you haven't already--and then explore the tabs at right to walk through the Facilitator's Guide, illustrative examples, presentation slides, handouts, and more--all of which you are free to adapt for your training participants' needs.