Switzerland rolls out small condoms aimed at tweens

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In a bold move to target the large cohort of early adolescents engaging in unprotected sex, Switzerland is unveiling the “Hotshot,” a smaller condom specifically designed with young people aged 12-14 in mind.

A standard condom has a diameter of 2 ins (5.2cm) in comparison with the Hotshot’s diameter of 1.7ins (4.5cm). Both are the same length – 7.4 ins (19cm).

According to a German study of 12,970 13 to 20-year-olds, a quarter said a standard condom was too large.

Family planning groups and the Swiss Aids Federation campaigned to have the Hotshot produced after a number of studies, including the government study researched at the Centre for Development and Personality Psychology at Basel University.

Research leader Nancy Bodmer, said, “The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behaviour. They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves. They do not have a very developed sexual knowledge. They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing and leave the young girls to take care of the consequences.

“The results of this study suggest that early prevention makes sense.”

How do you think a product like this would fare in the States?

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