A CONDOM specifically designed for anal sex has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
It is hoped One Male Condom will help decrease the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
AFPOne Male Condom has been approved by the FDA as specifically designed for anal sex[/caption]
The FDA noted that they will also “help reduce the risk of pregnancy and the transmission of STIs during vaginal intercourse.”
“Before today’s authorization, the FDA had not cleared or approved condoms specifically indicated for anal intercourse,” the agency said.
“While today’s authorization underscores the public health importance of condoms tested and labeled specifically for anal intercourse, all other FDA-cleared condoms can continue to be used for contraception and STI prevention,” the FDA added.
The risk of transmitting an STI during anal sex is higher than during vaginal intercourse, according to experts.
One Male Condom will come in standard, thin and fitted.
It failure rate for anal intercourse was just 0.68 percent, studies show.
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Davin Wedel, president and founder of Global Protection Corp, owner of the ONE and myONE Condom brands, said it was a “landmark shift.”
He added: “This landmark shift demonstrates that when researchers, advocates, and companies come together, we can create a lasting impact in public health efforts.
“I think most people would be surprised to know that condoms are not approved for anal sex.
“With this new designation from the FDA, people will have more confidence using condoms for anal sex.”
Dr. Aaron Siegler at Emory University led research into the condom.
He said: “There have been over 300 condoms approved for use with vaginal sex data, and never before has a condom been approved based on anal sex data.
“This is despite two-thirds of HIV transmission in the United States being linked to anal sex.
“Having condoms tested and approved for anal sex will allow users to have confidence in using condoms to prevent HIV transmission.”
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