by Temitope Onitiju
A new kind of protection, ‘scrotal condom’, has been developed by two entrepreneurs based in Atlanta, U.S, to cover the entire crotch area during sex, to reduce the risk of catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Scroguard is worn with a condom and reduces skin to skin contact, which will lower the risk of getting infected with herpes or genital warts, infections transmitted through skin contact.
According to the makers, “it has been designed for people who want extra peace of mind and men with a high sex drive who enjoy sexual variety and couples and individuals who love to swing.”
Regular male condoms are designed to stop a man’s semen from coming into contact with his partner. They protect the skin around the penis, but leave the scrotum and pubic region uncovered, but Scroguard, which is made from the same material as regular condoms, covers the whole area by shielding the skin and blocking genital secretions.
Writing on their website, Scroguard’s developers said, “Both genital herpes and HPV can spread to your scrotum and pubic region through direct skin-to-skin contact and genital secretions during sex, even from someone who has completely normal looking skin with no visible warts or sores.”
There is however, an accompanying disclaimer which warns that the product has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug administration, and isn’t officially designed to protect against STI’s.
It says, “Scroguard is not a medical device and has not been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.”
Scroguard costs $19.99(
N3,290) with a $5.80( N954) handling fee, and is machine washable. The developers warn that a farting sound might occur during sex if air gets inside the pants, and also, one size of the condom fits everyone.
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