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New Condom Shatters Crowdfunding Goal

Swedish company calls HEX 'first major condom innovation in 70 years'

(Newser) - What would a condom that successfully imparted "a new feeling of intimacy and comfort never felt in condoms before" be worth? Seven figures, apparently. The Swedish company LELO, which has enjoyed a pleasurable ride selling millions of award-winning sex toys worldwide, recently announced that it has managed to raise... More »

Charlie Sheen's New Gig: Condom Spokesman

He's hawking a new product called the Lelo Hex

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's announcement of his HIV diagnosis led to a huge burst of HIV awareness —and, now, a new gig for Sheen as a condom spokesperson. London-based sex-toy maker Lelo has a new line of condoms, the Lelo Hex, and Sheen is the face of the brand, Business ... More »

Trojan's New Campaign: More Consent

Condom company spreading a 'culture of consent' on college campuses

(Newser) - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, the maker of Trojan condoms wants to help spread the word around college campuses through its "Consent: Ask for It" campaign with the Advocates for Youth nonprofit, per a press release . The goal: for college... More »

James Deen in More Trouble, Now Over Condom Use

Porn star's production company hit with citations, fines

(Newser) - James Deen, already under fire for alleged sexual assault , is now under more fire. California OSHA officials say the porn star's production company didn't use condoms and then didn't offer vaccines or follow-up medical exams to employees who may have been exposed to hepatitis B, the Guardian... More »

14 More American Women May Have Been Infected With Zika Through Sex

'That’s much more than I was expecting,' official says

(Newser) - It's beginning to seem the Zika virus is spread sexually more frequently than previously believed. The CDC announced 14 new possible cases of the virus in the US—all of which are women, some pregnant, infected by male sexual partners who have traveled to Zika-affected areas, NBC News reports.... More »

CDC Tells Men Who've Been in Zika Areas to Use Condoms

If they have sex with a pregnant woman, or maybe even a not-pregnant one

(Newser) - US health officials on Friday said men who have been to a Zika outbreak region should use condoms if they have sex with a pregnant woman—for the entire duration of the pregnancy. The guidance also said the men might consider abstaining or using condoms even during sex with a... More »

Study: Raising Taxes on Booze Can Decrease STD Rates

In fact, it can be as effective as condom distribution in fighting gonorrhea

(Newser) - Don't like wearing condoms during risky sex? Best start lobbying your local lawmakers to increase the sales tax on alcohol. A study out of the University of Florida and published Wednesday in the Journal of Preventative Medicine found a correlation between gonorrhea rates and the price of alcohol. According... More »

Teens Invent Condom That Turns Colors Near STDs

Glow-in-the-dark prophylactic emits different hue for each detected disease

(Newser) - Three young teens from the UK are among the brightest, most colorful students at London's Isaac Newton Academy—and so are their condoms. Two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old took home the top health prize of the TeenTech Awards for designing a condom that not only glows in the dark... More »

Syphilis Soars 79% in RI Thanks to ... Social Media

State officials say hookup apps are partly behind uptick in STD cases

(Newser) - Sexually transmitted diseases are staging a comeback in Rhode Island—with syphilis leading the pack, the state Department of Health reports. While HIV is up 33% from 2013 to 2014 and gonorrhea is up 30%, syphilis skyrocketed a whopping 79%. Why the sudden uptick? Officials cite better testing, but add... More »

Birth Control Shot for Guys May Be Here by 2017

Long-lasting Vasalgel contraceptive would require just a single injection

(Newser) - There may be another birth control option headed our way, and the guys will get to take the lead on this one. The Parsemus Foundation has tested an injectable, non-hormonal polymer contraceptive on male baboons that appears to successfully prevent pregnancy in females, Medical Daily reports. The procedure, which requires... More »

Oregon School Now Offering Condoms ... to 6th Graders

Town has had a rash of teen pregnancies

(Newser) - Medical groups have long advocated making condoms available in schools, and one Oregon district is taking that advice—even if it means making them available to especially young students. The Gervais School District board voted unanimously last month to make condoms available to students from grade six on up, the... More »

Germany Busts Cocaine-Stuffed Condoms Headed for the Vatican

German Customs made kind of an eyebrow-raising discovery

(Newser) - Let the party-at-the-Vatican jokes begin: German Customs authorities have intercepted a package of 14 condoms filled with cocaine and headed for the Vatican, reports RTE via Bild. The condoms contained about 12 ounces of the drug, worth an estimated $55,000. As the AP reports, the package was mailed from... More »

Man Who Pierced Condoms Convicted of Sex Assault

Girlfriend became pregnant, part of his ploy to save their relationship

(Newser) - A Canadian man is headed to jail after secretly poking holes in his girlfriend's condoms and making her pregnant, reports the BBC . Craig Hutchinson, 43, admitted doing so because he was worried she was about to leave him, and he thought her being pregnant would keep them together. Instead,... More »

Bill Gates' Contest Winner: Cow-Tendon Condoms

The condom of the future could also be made from fish skin

(Newser) - Bill Gates issued a challenge to inventors in March: Come up with a plan for making a more pleasurable condom that more men will actually want to use and win a cool million dollars. His quest to make safe sex better seems to be off to a strong start: The... More »

Condom, Booze Basket Gets Teacher Fired

She denies giving students naughty prom gift

(Newser) - Dear high school students: If your teacher rents a penthouse suite for you, and buys you a gift basket that happens to include booze and condoms, posting about it on social media is a very bad way to thank her. The Miami-Dade school board yesterday voted to fire a dance... More »

Another Porn Star Tests Positive for HIV

Industry body calls for another filming moratorium

(Newser) - Two more porn stars have tested positive for HIV, prompting calls for another moratorium on filming and adding more ammunition to the battle over mandatory condom requirements for adult films. The first person infected, reported last month , has been identified as actress Cameron Bay. Earlier this week, a second actor,... More »

Positive HIV Test Grinds Porn Industry to a Halt

Industry group calls for halt in filming, consults doctors

(Newser) - A leading porn industry group called for a moratorium on filming, after discovering that one performer has tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry group, wouldn't reveal the infected performer's identity, but said it was working with Adult Production Health & Safety Services to treat... More »

Porn Industry Loses Court Fight Over Condoms

Federal judge says measure requiring them is valid

(Newser) - A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms. Yesterday's ruling is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which... More »

Boston College: Students Can't Give Out Condoms

Catholic university threatens disciplinary action

(Newser) - Attending a Catholic university and distributing condoms on campus apparently don't mix. Boston College is threatening disciplinary action against a group of students who are giving away more than 1,000 condoms a semester, the Boston Globe reports. BC says the student-run "Safe Sites" program is violating the... More »

LA Voters Pass Law Requiring Porn Stars to Wear Condoms

They also reject 'Frankenfood' labels

(Newser) - Californians voted yesterday in a pair of hot-button referendums, passing a law mandating that porn stars wear condoms while striking down another that would require the food industry to label genetically modified foods. The former means that adult performers in LA County not only have to wrap up, reports the... More »

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