A new study set to be published early next year finds a direct correlation between big and bare. Details follow.
PinkNews has the deets:
The findings suggest that the distribution of ‘one-size fits all’ condoms on the gay scene may well be counterproductive. The findings showed that:
Close to half of men reported condom slippage during sex. Almost one third reported condom breakage in the past three months. Some men said they had unprotected sex because they couldn’t find condoms that fit. A minority, 40% did report that they didn’t have a problem finding condoms to suit their penis length or girth.
Dr Jeffrey Parsons, CHEST’s director, said: “This type of public health research is very important, no matter how politically volatile. Studies like this allow us to better understand sexual health and risk so that we can address effectively the health needs of gay and bisexual men.”
Christian Grov, one the reports authors and associate professor of health sciences at the City University of New York said: "These findings indicate that the fit of a condom matters,. client at an HIV service agency might see a bowl filled with ‘standard’ condoms and have to ask a provider if they have other sizes available. That extra step could make the difference between someone leaving with a condom—the right condom—or going home empty handed.”
Although there are now a number of ‘extra-large’ sized condoms on the market, Professor Grov said that they are not readily available on the scene or from health centres for free. Despite this, NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it has increased the variety of condoms being distributed.
Do you find the results of this study surprising? Better yet, do you think more needs to be done to make sure a variety of condoms are offered at gay hotspots?