Resource: Why Should I Use Condoms?


NZ AIDS Foundation NZ AIDS Foundation
We are focused on preventing the transmission of HIV and providing support for people living with HIV.

What led to this project being developed?

As you may be aware, in 2014/15 HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea were on the rise, particularly amongst young MSM (men who have sex with men).

NZAF believes knowledge amongst young MSM in regards to safe sex practises, HIV and STIs is missing so we worked on a project to combat this.

We determined the best way to get the message across was in a short video which can be shown to youth alongside a resource which youth can take and look at in their own time. The video and resource was a collaboration between LYC and NZAF.

Project aims

Our goal for the project is for every young same-sex attracted man to have the opportunity to learn about his elevated HIV & STI risk factors and is empowered to stay safe.

We were in contact with a lot of Youth Organisations (Family Planning, Te Kaha, Village Collective, Rainbow Youth etc) and had positive responses from them to collaborate on this project.

What is the project about

Why should I use condoms is a youth educator’s guide to personal health for young men who have sex with men and support for healthy communities.

  • Despite making up only 2.5% of the population, gay and bi males make up 80% of annual HIV infections in New Zealand.
  • Data tells us that first anal intercourse and sexual attractions are occurring when young MSM are within their school education.
  • Evidence tells us that if a young gay male uses a condom at sexual debut, they are twice as likely to continue doing so throughout their sex life.

Why should I use condoms?

Why should I use condoms? is an educational resource for young men who have sex with men (MSM) that supports them in making positive and informed decisions to address their specific sexual health needs.

While this resource is built for educators, it has also been designed for other adults working to support the sexual health needs of young MSM.

Why should I use condoms? is a resource provided by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF), in partnership with Love Your Condom (LYC) – an HIV prevention programme run by NZAF that works specifically for MSM.

vidThe resource consists of a:

  • Four minute video
  • Student handout
  • Key messages and discussion prompts to go alongside the video
  • Feedback survey (for students and educators)

This free resource is available for order at

Want to Know More?

Any queries about this resource please contact Lisa Mirpuri or 021-178-8659.