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Man, What a Condom!

Times of India
25 November 2010
By Vishakha Sharma

Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011. This new Condom will be more durable and lubricated. It will be called Spice Up.

Man, What a Condom!
The rising number of HIV infections among couples of the same sex is a major reason behind launching these special condoms. Besides the need, in a survey by Condom manufacturer’s Family Planning Promotion Trust and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), it was found that gay couples feel uncomfortable using conventional condoms available in the market.

Speaking to Pune Mirror, Gaurav Jain from NACO, who is looking after this Condom project said, "Our study was initiated in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and it will implemented in Pune and Mumbai. It was found that there was a need for condoms which were more lubricated. Our study will be completed soon, which include all the trials. Soon after this, Spice Up will be launched in the first week of January, 2011 in Pune and Mumbai."

"The cost of two condoms will be around Rs 6 or 7. A pack of condoms will also contain extra sashes of lubricant. The Spice Up Condom will have silicon as the lubricant which is non allergic and will cause no harm to the skin, although it will be a little expensive than the water based Condom." added Jain.

Pune Mirror spoke to some members of the gay community about the launch. Bindumadhav Khire, president of the Samapathik Trust said, "The expectation is more durability and more lubricant.

We have had talks with NACO about it when they approached us and asked us to test them. However, none of the members from Samapathik Trust have tested Spice Up as we are still working on some official documents which need to be completed. Otherwise, these condoms are a great development and very good news for all gay couples who will no longer have to use conventional condoms which are available in the market."

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