February is Condom Month-so with that being said, here’s some interesting points about the prophylactic:
More than 5 billion condoms worldwide are sold every year according to statistics from condom-maker Ansell Limited.
Although their precise purpose is unclear, condoms are depicted on male hieroglyphics figures dating back to ancient Egypt. Protective sheaths used in the early 1500s were made from ill-fitting animal bladders or intestines, although some of the more imaginative designs were made of metal…ouch. And they were reusable. ;? really? The first modern condoms were made from real rubber and produced by Goodyear. Yep, they make tires, too.
Condoms are now made from soft, ultra-thin synthetic materials that are dipped onto glass-formers. The forms are cleaned, dipped into latex — often twice — then the latex is cured and stripped from the glass form. Next, “naked condoms” are washed and lightly powdered to remove the stickiness. Finally, they’re electronically tested for holes, rolled, lubricated and foiled. 100% of condoms are checked using electric charges that are sent through the condom to spot any holes or tears. A random sampling is filled with water to further find imperfections while another group of samples is pumped full of air to measure their breaking point.
The average U.S. condom user is between the ages of 18 and 24 and about 70 percent of condom purchases are made by men. The average cost for a 12-pack is $10.99. ARE gives out condoms FREE!!!! Chinese are the heaviest condom users; surprisingly, the British come in second, according to Australia-based Ansell. The United States ranks sixth. mmmmm…
The female condom was introduced to this country in 1993, it was not a hit. It was perceived as difficult to use and uncomfortable. Sales have never been good and ARE isn’t fond of them besides the high cost. Condoms are the most effective form of birth control. While not perfect, they also have the benefit of helping to prevent sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, genital herpes and chlamydia.
Final point that made me wonder was, people are interested in condoms that play music…really? The condom company stated maybe using the same technology found in greeting cards. Ok…..Imagine those self-recorded messages.. And on that note, we’ll end this fun journey.. play safe my people.