Research shows that many people do not use condoms because of difficulty in putting them on and because they can be "passion killers." This prompted South African life insurer Metropolitan to fund the search for an easier way to use condoms to reduce the spread of HIV. "People couldn't put it on in the dark," Tyrel Murray of Metropolitan said, a problem he says is solved by the new condom applicator. He said Metropolitan had funded the project because, as a life insurer, it has an interest in helping people live longer. The applicator was developed by Cape Town-based entrepreneur Willem van Rensburg. It costs just one US cent more to produce than a traditional condom but is not yet being marketed. The new product comes inside a traditional condom package. The user bends the packet, which splits open. The condom slides directly onto the penis, then the applicator pops off the condom.
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