June 14, 2011
Men who have sex with men are one target market of Sensis Condoms, a new product from Florida-based Grove Medical LLC. The condom features "QuickStrips" -- pull-down tabs that the manufacturer bills as "fast, safe application technology." The innovation, explained in a picture diagram on the back of the condom, reduces the possibility of contaminating the condom by starting to put it on backwards. It is also reportedly easier to use in the dark, and less complex for partners who may be impaired. "I think some of the research and anecdotal information I have heard about shows that, outside of condoms not being available at the moment of having sex, sometimes it becomes difficult to negotiate for a variety of reasons, whether because of drug-taking or just lack of skill in putting it on," said Ernest Hopkins, legislative director at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.