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If Women Are Twice As Likely to Get an STD as a Man…

...then why are women not buying and carrying a condom?

I write and talk about sex with women, A LOT.  And it always surprises me how few women are sexually assertive enough to carry their own condoms.  I mean, these are modern women living in the 21st century, buying their own cars, homes, but not a device that will protect their sexual health?  It’s baffling.  15.3 million people are infected with STDs each year and 65 million people have an incurable STD, so hello, it’s time for us all to get “SexySmart”. Being SexySmart means being responsible about your sexual health and enjoying a more intimate and pleasurable sexual experience on your own terms.  As women are twice as likely as men to contract a STD, the makers of Trojan products want women to protect themselves and help protect others and have announced a new program to do just that.  This program is the “Campaign for SexySmart” and beginning in October, when anyone buys a box of Elexa condoms, the makers of Trojan will give a box to women’s shelters and clinics.  Why is this program so great?  Because no woman can afford to go uninformed and unprotected. 

So you ask, how does the “Campaign for SexySmart” work?  For every box of Elexa condoms purchased from now until December, the makers of Trojan  will donate a box of Elexa condoms to Gifts In Kind - a minimum of 1 million condoms – to help protect women in need. Gifts in Kind, the leader in the field of product philanthropy, will distribute these condoms to women across the United States who are at risk of STDs and unintended pregnancy and who may not have access to or the means for which to buy condoms.  It’s easy as that.  You buy a box, and they’ll take care of “giving” it for you.  So what do you think about that ladies (or guys)?  Is it time for you to get SexySmart?

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My boyfriend and I want to start having sex. It will both be our first time ever. Is there a way to found out what size condom he is without buying a whole bunch of sizes? I just want to be sure because I'm not on The Pill and I don't want it to break.
Also, any advice you can give me about having sex for the first time would be much appreciated.
Thanks!

Can you estimate what percentage of women purchase male condoms?

Great post, Pepper! Let's get EVERYONE involved! Let's get women to really take control and become major players in the fight against STDs and the fear, lack of education and passivity that inhibits it! I propose a whole new movement!!!

The program reminds me of undergrad (Florida Atlantic University), where bins of condoms were always available in the student heath office and given out in classes when our Aids Peer Educators visited. Except, OMG would we have LOVED to have Elexa condoms!!!

I think the program is great not only because it makes great condoms available, but because I always remember condom use being really encouraged in a very healthy way thanks to similar programs I was exposed to growing up. It's definitely one of the reasons I feel comfortable buying them and taking charge of my sexual health!

Very well said, Pepper. I think that part of a woman's hesitation to use condoms (even when the stats are in their favor) is that they have trouble finding their voice - you know, the one that allows them to scream, "No condom, no sex". Hopefully, your post will encourage many women to find their voice and speak up!

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