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First-ever gay condom in India

In the wake of rising HIV infections among homosexuals, one of India's leading condom manufacturers is planning to introduce condoms for the community. Read on for details.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 31, 2010 15:53 IST

In the wake of rising HIV infections among homosexuals, one of India's leading condom manufacturers is planning to introduce condoms for the community, reports Mid-day.

The condom manufacturer's Family Planning Promotion Trust along with National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) conducted a study in April to analyse the problems of gay sex.

A preliminary feedback indicates that discomfort was one of the major reasons why same sex couples do not use condoms during intercourse. Since most condoms are suited for vaginal and not anal sex, the new 'gay condom' will contain extra lubrication.

Gay community"We are still in the process of developing the product. As far as the costing goes, we are still unsure if it must be sold in the socially marketed category or in genera one. However, this concern is secondary to product development," said an executive from the company's family planning trust, requesting anonymity. The new condom will be called Spice Up.

The medical fraternity feels condoms for homosexuals will be a hit with the community. "This product will be welcomed by homosexual men as well as couples who engage in anal sex. Sometimes during lovemaking, the lubricating gets messy and anal sex can get painful. A condom with extra lubrication will bring securities to such couples," said sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari.