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Indonesian district to ban condoms in convenience stores
November 24, 2015

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Regulations to crack down on behaviour viewed as "immoral" and against Islam have multiplied across Indonesia in recent years (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

A staunchly Islamic district in Indonesia plans to ban the sale of condoms in convenience stores in a bid to halt premarital sex, an official said Tuesday, but activists criticised the move as misguided.

The local administration in Luwu on central Sulawesi island will soon send a notification to convenience stores, giving them a week to remove condoms from their shelves, district head Andi Mudzakkar said. are concerned that premarital sex is on the rise among teenagers," he told AFP from the district capital Belopa.

A week after the letters are sent, the government will raid the dozens of convenience stores in Luwu, and those caught violating the rule could be shut down, Mudzakkar said. He said that he took the decision after noticing that condoms were sold openly in the stores and could be easily bought by youngsters. Condom sales would still be allowed in the remote district in pharmacies but only for customers aged above 17, he said.

In many rural parts of the archipelago, convenience stores are the only retail outlets offering a sizeable range of goods.

Yakub Gunawan, an activist from the Red Institute, an NGO focusing on HIV, said the ban would not tackle "risky sexual behaviour". "The Luwu government should be promoting early sex education instead so teenagers will know how to be responsible and protect themselves," he said.

Regulations to crack down on behaviour viewed as "immoral" and against Islam have multiplied across Indonesia -- the world's most populous Muslim-majority country -- in recent years, amid signs of growing conservatism in many sectors of society. Conservative clerics have long denounced official campaigns to encourage condom use, claiming that they encourage sex before marriage.

Earlier this year Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body spoke out against the sale of condoms following reports that the contraceptives were being sold together with chocolate to mark Valentine's Day.

Source: Yahoo! AFP.

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German court bars condom maker's multiple orgasm claim
November 26, 2015

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Berlin (AFP) - A German court Thursday barred a condom manufacturer from advertising its product with the promise that a pack of seven contraceptives "equals up to 21 orgasms", calling the claim misleading.

The slogan could give consumers the wrong impression that condoms should be used more than once, ruled the court in the western city of Duesseldorf, upholding an injunction against condom maker Einhorn (Unicorn).

The company had argued the slogan was obviously light-hearted as it stood alongside advice about "calories burnt in 30 minutes of sex" and a small-print warning that the product "may contain traces of fairy dust". But the court was not amused, noting that among youths especially, "there is a continuing strong need for clarity on the correct use of condoms and a high risk of misleading them with ambiguous statements".

Because the package also contained serious information, such as about half of proceeds going to charity, consumers may not realise the comment on the "sensitive issue of multiple orgasms" is humorous, the court ruled.

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German Cabinet OKs prostitution bill requiring condom use
By GEIR MOULSON
23 March 2016

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation meant to better control prostitution and make life safer for sex workers, a bill that includes making the use of condoms obligatory.

Legislation in 2002 that legalized prostitution gave sex workers social benefits but led to an explosion of unregulated brothels, prompting calls for tighter controls. The new bill, which still requires parliamentary approval, calls for stricter regulation of such establishments and those who operate them. Businesses will require an official permit that will depend on what the government calls "the reliability of the operator," and people who have been convicted of offenses such as people smuggling, blackmail or fraud won't get permits.

Operators will be forbidden from giving sex workers orders on the "the nature and scale of sexual services," while sex workers will have to register and receive health advice at least every two years. The legislation foresees fines of up to 50,000 euros ($56,000) for violations. It is to take effect in July 2017, a delay that the government said is meant to give local authorities time to put in place the new procedures. "The aim of this bill is to improve the situation of prostitutes and improve their protection against exploitation, violence and smuggling," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

However, a union representing German police already has said it's unreasonable to expect anyone to check whether customers at a brothel are using condoms. Cornelia Moehring, a senior lawmaker with the opposition Left Party, said many sex workers will balk at registering because of the fear of social stigma - "so they will continue working illegally and really lose any protection." "Obligatory condom use can't be checked and is a pure illusion," she added.

Frank Kempe, a spokesman for the ministry for women and families, conceded that verifying condom use would be difficult. But he said it is important to "set a standard" that backs up sex workers demanding their use.

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Male Pill moves a step closer: British scientists discover way to stop sperm swimming - and men could take it just before sex
By Stephen Adams
23 October 2016

British scientists have made a breakthrough in the search for a male contraceptive pill – which could transform the sex lives of millions of couples.

For decades, researchers have tried to produce a reliable alternative to condoms or a vasectomy, but there has been little progress. Now UK scientists have found the secret of making men temporarily infertile – by ‘switching off’ sperm’s ability to swim. They have made tiny ‘designer compounds’ which smuggle themselves into sperm, and stop their tails from wiggling. If a sperm can’t swim, it has no chance of naturally fertilising a woman’s egg.

The key advance raises the prospect of a fast-acting pill or a nasal spray that a man could take hours or perhaps just minutes before sex. Researchers believe its effects would wear off within days, meaning he would again be fertile. By contrast, women are typically advised to stop taking the Pill weeks or even months before trying to conceive.

Last night, family planning experts said a reversible male contraceptive could benefit millions of couples where the woman cannot take the Pill for medical reasons. And it would save men from being trapped into having children they did not want, they added. With global sales of contraceptives topping £13 billion a year, the market for a reversible male contraceptive could be huge, but some cast doubt on the idea of a male pill, doubting women will trust men to take it.

Lead researcher Professor John Howl, of Wolverhampton University, last night described how effective their sperm-stopping agent had been in lab tests. He said: ‘The results are startling – and almost instant. When you take healthy sperm and add our compound, within a few minutes the sperm basically cannot move.’

Male infertility is often the result of poorly moving sperm, called ‘low motility’. Using this, the Wolverhampton team, together with Portuguese researchers, made a compound called a cell-penetrating peptide, which gets inside sperm and brings them to a standstill. Prof Howl said: ‘This is a totally unique approach – nobody else has ever done this before.’

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can influence how human cells work. They occur naturally but biochemists can make synthetic versions. Prof Howl and colleague Dr Sarah Jones first demonstrated that certain ‘cell-penetrating peptides’ could smuggle themselves inside sperm cells, like a Trojan horse. Then they joined forces with IVF experts at Aveiro University in Portugal, who had identified the crucial protein responsible for putting the wiggle into sperm tails.

The two universities created a bespoke peptide which turns that protein off. They tested the approach in the petri dish on bovine and human sperm, with similarly impressive results, and will soon publish their results.

Prof Howl said they hoped to start live animal tests in two to three years, thanks in part to a £175,000 Portuguese grant. It typically takes three to five years to bring a new drug to market after animal trials, so the final product could be available as early as 2021. Prof Howl said it was ‘too early to say’ if the end result would be a pill, a nasal spray or a sub-skin implant, but they were all possibilities.

John Guillebaud, emeritus professor of family planning and reproductive health at University College, London, said a reversible male contraceptive would be ‘of enormous benefit to many couples, such as those where the woman cannot take the Pill for medical reasons – for instance due to migraine with aura or an increased risk of blood clots’. He added: ‘It would also help men who want to have control over their own fertility – for example, to ensure they do not get trapped into having a child by a woman who says she is on the Pill, but isn’t.’

An Anglia Ruskin University study found half of 134 women questioned were concerned their partner would forget to take a contraceptive, but Prof Guillebaud, who is behind another male pill venture, said this was a ‘widely held myth’. He cited a bigger survey of 1,894 women, conducted in Scotland, China and South Africa, which found only 2 per cent would not trust their partner. Professor Geeta Nargund, medical director of CREATE fertility clinics, said: ‘If this proves safe and effective, I’m sure women would welcome it. It’s about time men took responsibility for contraception.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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Should you seal your penis shut with a Jiftip sticker during sex? It's risky, doctor says
By Mary Bowerman
August 3, 2017

A new product created in a "desperate attempt to avoid using condoms" involves men using a sticker to seal their urethras shut during sex.

The product, named "Jiftip", is a sticker that covers the urethra during sex, and is touted as a way to “Feel your partner, Feel Freedom, Feel Safe.” Except it's not exactly safe.

While Jiftip may sound like a dream come true for those who don't like the way condoms feel during sex, many health professionals warn there is no evidence the product is effective in preventing STDs or pregnancy.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, a physician with Orlando Health, said users who visit Jiftip's website also have to dig to find the company's disclaimer that the product is "not intended or approved to prevent pregnancy or STI's." Whoops.

And the product's disclaimer gets even more alarming in the frequently asked question section: "BUT WHAT ABOUT HERPES, HPV?" the company asks. "Jiftip only protects pleasure and convenience, not STI's or pregnancy." Bottom line: You're on your own, friends.

Brahmbhatt notes that the entire marketing campaign around the product is alarming. “Consumers often get caught up in the hype and forget risk,” Brahmbhatt said. “Even in the product’s disclaimer, it says it will not prevent pregnancy or STDs, which is the only reason people wear condoms in the first place.”

The website notes that Jiftip, which comes in a three pack for $6, should only be used with the pull-out method, and that it's not recommended to ejaculate with the patch on during sex.

Brahmbhatt notes that those who do leave the patch on when they ejaculate may experience pain or irritation from the patch blocking the urethra while the man has "natural spasms that evacuate all the fluid." It's also possible that the adhesive could be an irritant for some with sensitive skin.

He said for those who are worried about STDs or pregnancy, the bottom line is condoms are the safest option. "Condoms are tried and tested," he said. "They are an effective form of birth control and control against STDs. Condoms are not the enemy."

Source: USA Today

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