It’s a good bet you didn’t know it’s National Condom Week.

With love still in the air the week of St. Valentine’s Day, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, is encouraging sexually active people - and those thinking about having sex - to talk openly with their partners about using condoms to help protect against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

“Getting comfortable talking about safer sex and using condoms is one of the best ways people can take care of their health,” Kafi Rouse, vice president of public relations and marketing with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, said in a release. “Everyone deserves a sex life that is safe, healthy and pleasurable. Let your partner know that you want to use condoms every time you have sex so that you can both stay healthy.”

During National Condom Week, each PPSNE health center in Connecticut and Rhode Island will distribute Safe Is Sexy Valentine’s Day CondomGrams.

“There are many condom varieties to choose from so you and your partner can find one to fit your needs. Condoms are also the only type of birth control that helps protect sexually active people against both unintended pregnancy and STIs,” said Rouse. “Continuous condom use helps protect your health and well-being - no matter how old or where you are in life.”

Each year, there are approximately 20 million new STIs in the U.S., half in young people ages 15-24; and cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis continue to rise. Even when using another method of birth control, there may be risk of getting a STI. Using condoms with another effective method of birth control - like an IUD or implant - is the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STIs.