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Friday, July 27, 2007

Countries need bigger or smaller condoms

Countries need bigger or smaller condoms

http://www.dazereader.com/24001050.htm Stereotypes can be ignorant, divisive and constraining. But some stereotypes have a degree of truth which we're all better off acknowledging and discussing openly. One example: ethnicity and penis size. Condoms 'too big' for Indian men.

The two-year study was carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre. The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers.
The conclusion of all this scientific endeavour is that about 60% of Indian men have penises which are between three and five centimetres shorter than international standards used in condom manufacture.
Doctor Chander Puri, a specialist in reproductive health at the Indian Council of Medical Research, told the BBC there was an obvious need in India for custom-made condoms, as most of those currently on sale are too large.
The issue is serious because about one in every five times a condom is used in India it either falls off or tears, an extremely high failure rate.
And the country already has the highest number of HIV infections of any nation.

Elsewhere, Large condoms for South African men.

A range of extra-large condoms has been launched in South Africa, to cater for "well-endowed" men.
"A large number of South African men are bigger and complain about condoms being uncomfortable and too small," said Durex manager Stuart Roberts.
Aids activists say the new condom could encourage men to practise safe sex in South Africa, where some 6m are HIV positive - more than any other country.
Some South Africans are reluctant to use condoms, says activist Thandi Xolo.
Mr Xolo, from the National Association of People Living With HIV/Aids (Napwa), said both men and women fear being labelled as promiscuous if they are seen with condoms. "This could help condoms become cool," he said. "Men will buy them to boost their ego."
Even more importantly, it will remove the excuse made by some men for not using condoms - that they are too small.

Why aren't there more gradations in condom length/width, like shoe sizes? If ego is an issue, call them "massive", "massiver" and "massivest".

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