I don’t like condoms, never did. I don’t like the way they feel - it’s like I can’t feel anything during sex. When I was 10 years younger, like in my 20s, I used to use them all the time but as I got older I got frustrated and gave up on them pretty much all together.

Now I go to the homeless day center sometimes and these people are always talking about getting tested for HIV and offering us free condoms. At first, I just laughed at them and told them I didn’t need them. I know they protect me against STDs and getting someone pregnant, and I especially don’t want to get HIV, but I really don’t like using condoms.

The people who come to talk to us about HIV and sexual health have some good points though, like using condoms with girls I don’t have sex with regularly or girls I pay for sex. So sometimes I take the condoms from them now. Just having them on me makes me feel more comfortable and confident in myself because then I’m safe from diseases.

Iman ShervingtonComment