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Send the secretary: these condoms fight disease!

After hours of pounding away at their research, medical experts at British biotech firm Futura Medical plc (FUM) were no closer to finding a way to convince men to use condoms when having sex.  But at some point all the hard work paid off and inspiration struck.  And thus the "Viagra condom" was born.

The little blue condom is the long lost partner of the little blue pill and it just might convince men to get off to buy condoms for a change.  Marketed by pharmaceutical giant Reckitt Benckiser, the new condom model, dubbed the "CSD500", is about to become a member of the Durex brand.

The device is close to receiving regulatory approval in Europe and the UK, with Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) hoping to stick it in customers' shopping bags within a year.  From there, the company hopes that after more clinical trials, the device could get approval for U.S. shoppers as well.

Designing the special rubber was no small feat.  Finding the active ingredient was trivial -- researchers went with a proven generic vasodilator chemical, which engorges blood vessels to fight angina -- severe throbbing chest pain that occurs when the heart isn't getting enough blood supply.

But it was far rougher figuring out how to keep the gel with the active ingredient inside the condom so the vasodilator only touches the wearer during sexual intercourse.  There were also issues in the peer-reviewed medical literature on how to create such a delivery package.  However, researchers worked through these problems to come up with a viable product.    

States Futura Chief Executive James Barder in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, "The challenge is having a stable product in a condom — a gel that doesn't do anything detrimental to the condom. Some products can degrade the latex very quickly. [The vasodilator] has to be immobilized in the condom."

The company obtained patents on its findings to prevent any business rivals from getting dirty and trying to steal the secret of the special "raincoats".

Given the recreational popularity of Viagra, which seems to pop on all sorts of unauthorized outlets online, the "Viagra condom" seems destined to achieve market penetration.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) today are certainly a sticky problem for mankind.  But the new condom fights STIs both by getting men to perk up to the idea of purchasing protective devices and by ensuring the condom doesn't slip off the user during the heat of intercourse -- a surprisingly common problem.

STIs have long been sticking it to men and women, but with the Viagra condom those naughty microbes may finally get their long-awaited punishment, meeting mankind's stiffest resistance yet.

 



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Quick, someone call Guiness
By Redwin on 5/11/2011 7:31:09 AM , Rating: 5
We have a new Pun Density Record...




RE: Quick, someone call Guiness
By Paj on 5/11/2011 7:55:50 AM , Rating: 5
Im all for profligate use of puns in risque articles. They're a journalist's wet dream!


RE: Quick, someone call Guiness
By tekzor on 5/11/2011 10:23:20 AM , Rating: 2
this article turned me on so much!


RE: Quick, someone call Guiness
By tastyratz on 5/12/2011 12:01:32 AM , Rating: 4
standing ovulation to that tallywacker Jason for his hard facts and passionate cockamamy tail. He certainly does not fear prodding the thick topics!


RE: Quick, someone call Guiness
By Hiawa23 on 5/11/2011 10:30:47 AM , Rating: 2
let's say you don't have problems, will this keep you erect for longer periods of times?


RE: Quick, someone call Guiness
By JReyh on 5/14/2011 8:43:52 AM , Rating: 2
Don't know about that, but the team reported that the condom would give the user more length and thickness, too.


It occured to me...
By mcnabney on 5/11/2011 9:41:05 AM , Rating: 4
This product makes no sense. Have you ever tried putting a condom on without an erection? It is pretty necessary. Having to put a condom onto a flaccid penis in order to become erect is one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard of.




RE: It occured to me...
By 0ldman on 5/11/2011 10:10:22 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure the point of it is entirely recreational, not medical. It isn't made for people that have problems.


RE: It occured to me...
By Souka on 5/11/2011 11:57:26 AM , Rating: 4
and lets not forget that a fairly substantial percentage of condoms are put on inside-out...


RE: It occured to me...
By Ammohunt on 5/11/2011 3:00:57 PM , Rating: 5
Especially the "Ribbed for her pleasure" i turn them inside out so they are ribbed for my pleasure!


RE: It occured to me...
By DJ Brandon on 5/15/2011 10:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
Makes 100% sense. To be perfectly honesty no trouble getting it up. But as most everyone knows condoms sucks immensley and for some men(like me) I have troulbe going for an hour with a condom on and staying erect. This is genius. Quite honestly, I don't sleep around and this can help me do that!


No way....
By chagrinnin on 5/11/2011 1:15:42 PM , Rating: 5
....I don't even care if they're flavored. No way am I swallowing a condom before sex.




RE: No way....
By PitViper007 on 5/11/2011 1:51:37 PM , Rating: 4
As opposed to after?


I'll give you credit here
By FITCamaro on 5/11/2011 12:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
STIs have long been sticking it to men and women, but with the Viagra condom those naughty microbes may finally get their long-awaited punishment, meeting mankind's stiffest resistance yet.


Excellent wordplay here. This has a number of rimshots in it.

Not to be confused with a rimjob though.




RE: I'll give you credit here
By thurston on 5/11/2011 1:41:10 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sure you know all about rimjobs.


4 hours
By TheNuts on 5/11/2011 1:07:15 PM , Rating: 2
More incentive for my wife to keep pushing me to try Viagra due to the potential "erection lasting more than 4 hours" side effect...err..benefit, in her mind




RE: 4 hours
By nstott on 5/11/2011 2:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
Does your wife have an unmarried sister?


Read the title...
By Sazabi19 on 5/11/2011 9:29:23 AM , Rating: 2
Knew it was a Jason Mick article :) GJ Mick




RE: Read the title...
By Chudilo on 5/11/11, Rating: 0
RE: Read the title...
By BugblatterIII on 5/11/2011 3:04:46 PM , Rating: 1
Commenting Rulebook, page 1, rule 1:

If you're going to criticise someone else's writing be sure to check that you didn't make any cock-ups yourself.

Hey JM; I'm sure you could have inserted some cock-ups in there somewhere!


Question
By Orchunter on 5/11/2011 10:10:24 AM , Rating: 1
After reading the article this question popped into my mind. The article says that the medication is inside the condom and so unless it is worn the medication would be off no use ,right ?SO, how exactly is a person, who is suffering from ED, going to put this on ???




RE: Question
By hirschma on 5/11/2011 7:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
I've been told, no personal experience, that Viagra is useful for getting to round 2 (and 3, 4, etc) much quicker, especially for older dudes.

Hmm, wonder if I know someone in the UK that wants to send me a sample for evaluation ;)


Puns
By adiposity on 5/11/2011 1:48:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
it just might convince men to get off to buy condoms for a change


When a pun results in an awkwardly worded sentence, it fails as a pun.




proven vasodialater...
By jlips6 on 5/11/2011 5:37:10 PM , Rating: 2
maybe nitroglycerin? sounds like a great opportunity for puns, if that's the case.




How about...?
By nukunukoo on 5/12/2011 11:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
Now if only this contraption could work on the UK economy...




Hell yes
By Performance Fanboi on 5/13/2011 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Now I can point to my manhood and call it teh CSD500. Looking forward to the CSD500 Enhanced version.

Condom technology has taken a leap here but I can't help but notice that they are the only thing we haven't made a habit of putting LEDs in as yet.




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