Sex researchers, like those of the Kinsey Institute‘s Condom Use Research Team and Indiana University‘s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, have found that the way condoms fit for men has impact on the condoms’ effectiveness and, for some men, whether they are willing to regularly use condoms during sexual activity. Recognizing that teens are sexually active and many forgo using condoms because they do not fit, a Switzerland-based company began selling extra-small condoms for 12- to 14-year-old males:
Dubbed the Hotshot, the prophylactic was developed in response to a study that indicated young teens were regularly engaging in unprotected sex. “The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behaviour,” said Nancy Bodmer, who oversaw the research for the study at the Center for Development and Personality Psychology at Basel University in Switzerland.
“They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves,” she said, adding that because of their young age, they also do not know much about sexuality. “They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing,” Bodmer said. “The results of this study suggest that early prevention makes sense.”
The Hotshot extra-small condoms are 1.7 inches in diameter and 7.4 inches in length, compared to the 2-inch diameter of an average adult-sized condom.