Recently, several news outlets have been reported about an viral trend known as “The Condom Snorting Challenge.” Allegedly, teens are taking to the internet to post videos of themselves unrolling a condom, snorting through their nose and pulling it out of their mouth. If this viral trend is true, it carries with it a great deal of danger.
This is not the first dangerous, and often disgusting, internet challenge to have parents worried and teenagers vying for social media fame with moronic stunts. Most recently, the Tide pod challenge made national headline. This challenge saw teenagers eating Tide detergent laundry pods as though they were candy. This, of course, made many teenagers sick from poisoning. Similarly, this new challenge can have potentially damaging consequences to a person’s health and could even be fatal. To put it simply, it’s a choking hazard.
Sometimes, these new internet challenges seem so unthinkable that they cannot possibly be true. A quick chronological search of Youtube for “condom snorting challenge” will show that this trend isn’t even new. It has been around since 2013 although, its popularity has died down considerably since. In fact, most new videos on the popular video sharing site relating to the “condom snorting challenge” are people responding to the recent news coverage. Very few are actually still doing the challenge.
This does not dismiss the fact that some young people are still snorting condoms through their noses. Condoms are meant to be used as protection during sexual activity.
The Proper Way To Use A Condom
When it comes to sexual health, it is important to understand what purpose a condom serves. This type of latex protection is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for deterring the spread of STDs and HIV. Using a condom correctly is very important.
Before engaging in sexual activity, put the condom on the tip of the erect penis with the rolled side down. Make certain to leave enough room between the top of the penis and the reservoir tip of the condom. Then, roll the condom all the way down to the base of the penis. After ejaculation, and before the penis is no longer erect, carefully withdraw. Dispose of the condom by wrapping it in a tissue and throwing it in the trash.
If you feel the condom break at any point during vaginal, anal or oral sex, stop sexual activity immediately. The condom will no longer be effective once it has broken. Remove the condom and replace it with a new, unused condom before continuing sexual activity. Lastly, it is important to only use one condom at a time. If you use two condoms at the same time the chances of breakage are increased.
If you are exposed to sexual fluid, you may be at risk for STDs or HIV. If you are concerned about the current status of your sexual health, you should have STD testing performed. This can often be the best way to know if you have become infected or not.