Young people don’t always do act with the hormones as opposed to their brain, and a study by the New York City health department is evidence. Apparently 40 percent of New Yorkers with multiple sex partners didn’t use a condom the last time they had sex, according to a poll of 10,000 adults in the city. This in a city where bowls full of condoms are readily available at many bars and clubs. Perhaps that’s why one in four adults in NYC have the virus that causes genital herpes. The only good news is that most young adults (those under 45) with more than one sex partner use condoms, the older folks are another story. Hooray for safe sex! [AM New York]
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The November elections seem close, and now the political powerhouses of John McCain and Barack Obama are getting even closer to the things that matter most to us. Both are faces imprinted on a line of condoms — but we gotta ask…who would you rather have protecting YOUR crotch? [ObamaCondoms.com and McCainCondoms.com] Keep reading »
Since the sexual revolution, it’s been hard for us modern gals to remember that our below the belt business is also for baby-making. STD’s and UTI’s are always a risk, but sadly, these party favors from sexual favors have been linked to birth defects. Just when you thought they were bad enough to handle on your own, a new study has found they quadruple your baby’s chances of being born with a birth defect known as gastroschisis. While the name of the disorder is hard to pronounce, the complications are convoluted too — gastrochisis causes the baby’s intestines and other organs to be born outside the abdomen. States like Utah have experienced a tenfold increase in cases over the past 30 years and they blame it on the rise of STD and UTI infections. Keep reading »
Condoms, the wonder rubbers, keep the sex safe like a superhero protecting a city. But there’s such a thing as condom Kryptonite. Before you get scared of imminent doom in the bedroom, here are six tips to stop your condoms from being rendered powerless.
- When you’re cookin’ in the bedroom, never use oil-based lubricants like vegetable shortening, cold cream, or Vaseline. In addition to being a bit greasy, they can actually damage the latex. Only use water or silicone based lubricants and slip slide away!
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During Antarctica’s long winters, the McMurdo research base has a staff of only 125 scientists — but if any of them are in a position to get lucky, they won’t have to brave the cold to buy condoms. (Do they even have drugstores in Antarctica anyway?) Nearly 16,500 condoms were delivered to the base last month and will be available free of charge throughout the year. “Since everybody knows everyone, it becomes a little bit uncomfortable,” said Bill Henriksen, the base’s manager. And you thought your pool of men was small. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Traipsing through Europe with nothing but a briefcase of glass phalluses and a bunch of condoms, the silly and sexy team of Noah and Baron make us happy they brought along a video camera to catch all the hilarity on tape. Sent around the continent by Lifestyles condoms to talk about safe sex and cultural differences in the sack, these boys pull lovable Harold & Kumar-style hijinks as they try to cop a feel in each country. They hang off a balcony throwing condoms and telling people to go eff themselves in Amsterdam, they ask drunken Slovaks about penis size, and they get Swedes to come out of their shy shells and talk smack. The film shorts are like tagging along with your favorite guy friends from college as they try to get laid, but they’ll at least succeed at making you laugh. [Ad Freak]
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Cabbages and Condoms is a chain of restaurants in Thailand that also promotes safe sex, hence the word “condoms” in its name. The “cabbages” part is there because the vegetable is a staple of Northeast Thailand — and as a website about the restaurants says, “Now, if condoms could be as common and used as often, then some of the population and health problems facing Thailand could be overcome!” All the proceeds from the restaurants are used to fund social development programs of the Population and Community Development Association, which promotes family planning. I’m thinking a location in Times Square, right next to the Hawaiian Tropic restaurant/bar would do quite well. [SLI.UniMelb.edu.au via MentalFloss.com] Keep reading »
A South African man has proved that condoms can save your life, in more ways than one. The 37-year-old jump master, Carl Dionisio, made a bungee chord out of 18,500 prophylactics. Thatâ€™s more rubbers than even Jenna Jamesonâ€™s market share, but Dionisio took an even deeper plunge — almost 100 feet. “It was difficult as the condoms are slippery,” he said about making the rope. Perhaps they should have used the ones without lubricant. [IOL]
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Planning a vacation this summer? Sometimes travel guidebooks don’t give the really useful information, like how to say, “I’d like to wake up next to you” or “The condom’s split!” Sex in Every City: How to Talk Dirty in Every Language won’t help you order a cappuccino, but it will help you speak to your Swedish or German or French lover. [Sex in Every City, $10.39 @ Amazon.com] Keep reading »