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ACON has responded to the posters advocating for condom-less sex and the use of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) that appeared in Melbourne's CBD this week, suggesting the posters reveal a community passionate about gaining access to the HIV preventative.
In 1993, Danny Resnic was having anal sex during a casual hookup in Miami Beach when his partner’s latex condom broke. Resnic had been using condoms ever since the man he describes as “my best friend and love of my life” died from AIDS in 1984. “I have always been...
We all know condoms are sexy, because they prevent the transmission of STDs and HIV, which are not sexy at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that: “Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective...
With an ad exclusion policy  that ranks contraceptives  alongside endangered species products and hate speech, Twitter confusingly says that some condom ads are allowed in the United States … but not if they link to sexual content. Is there some other use for condoms than safer sex?
The Electric Eel is an open source, digital condom concept designed to enhance your sexual pleasure. The prototype is built with conductive fabric and a Lilypad micro-controller, and delivers short electric impulses along the underside of the shaft for increased stimulation. The amount of electricity being used is very small, and the designs have all been personally tested by the design team for their effectiveness and safety.
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Using the crowd funding dealio to raise funds...
Four Seasons Condoms have partnered with Gary Eck to create a campaign aimed at normalising condom usage with Australian youth and young adults – a generation that is perceived to have forgotten about the safe sex message. The spot is currently being advertised in cinemas and is accompanied by a social media campaign to ask the public whether or not the spot should be shown on TV.
The spots featuring in the campaign have been written and directed by Australian comedian Gary Eck, and are based around the sexual adventures of characters, ‘Raquel and Tyson’.
“The idea behind the ad was to make buying condoms like buying a pair of shoes. If you’re not sure of your size, well, just try one on. Have sex. Make sure it’s fits perfectly. Naked Condoms come in four sizes, so of course our heroes Raquel and Tyson had to try on all them to make sure,” says Eck.
Via Paula Maria Tinoco Trindade
Looking at the research, it’s hard to argue for abstinence-only sex education anywhere. The relative rates of unwanted pregnancy and STD transmission between individuals who were in abstinence-only curricula and those who were in programs that taught FDA-approved methods of contraception speak strongly in favor of the latter. Teenagers in abstinence-only programs wait no longer than individuals in more comprehensive programs to begin having sex, but they are 50 percent more likely than their counterparts to become pregnant as teenagers.
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A look at Uganda, but with points for all.
Industry estimates project a global condom market worth $6 billion in 2015, or some 27 billion condoms, compared to 20 billion in 2012.
Carex - the brand name of Karex condoms - holds about 15 percent of the global condom market, according to sector analysts.
Other leading brands Durex, marketed by Britain's Reckitt Benckiser group, and Trojan, owned by the US firm Church & Dwight, make up roughly a combined 25 percent.
-- 'Recession-proof industry' --
"It is a recession-proof industry. With growth rates of about eight percent annually, it is here to stay," said Goh, who has a quick smile and gives off a boyish enthusiasm.
About half of Karex's output goes to bulk purchases by governments or international agencies' safe-sex drives, mainly the UN Population Fund and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
China is a key growth market, as anti-HIV efforts there have accelerated in line with loosening attitudes towards sex.
A Chinese business website in 2011 quoted a former top family planning official as saying 1.1 billion condoms were provided free to users by the government every year.
But religious and social taboos are also slowly being set aside elsewhere in Asia, said Goh.
The largely Catholic Philippines, for example, passed a law in January requiring government health centres to supply free condoms and birth control pills, and mandating sex education in schools.
In San Francisco and other cities across the US, possession of condoms, condom wrappers and conversations about safe sex are used as evidence against sex workers to justify arrest for prostitution and prostitution related charges.
The routine use of condoms as a tool to violate our basic human right to protect ourselves from HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as prevent unwanted pregnancies, is unjust and counter to sound public health. The Human Rights Watch released a report chronicling this absurd practice in four cities: New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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