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Teens Invent Glowing, STI-Detecting Condoms for Even Safer Sex

The revolutionary rubbers are designed to help wearers make informed sexual decisions within the privacy of their home.

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For being what essentially amounts to a latex wall, the humble condom does quite a lot of work: It helps prevent unwanted pregnancies, curbs the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and even comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, all designed to enhance the sexual pleasure of its wearer and their partner. Condoms exist to make sure everyone has a good—and more importantly, safe—time.

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When Making Condoms More Accessible, Does it Pay to Get Creative?

What Sweden's condom ambulance teaches about efforts to make sex safer

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Ten years ago, Swedish parents were having one giant, collective conniption. According to sexual health researchers, their children (aged 16 to 25) simply weren’t using condoms—or at least 75 percent of them weren’t. And while pregnancies weren’t on the rise, the nation found itself with a massive chlamydia epidemic, doubling its diagnoses over the course of just one year, mostly amongst youths. It was an outbreak of sexually transmitted infections that not even after-school specials could solve. But a few wily thinkers saw the opportunity in this widespread chlamydia bloom, and began to dream up new, creative ways to make prophylactic use both easy and accessible.

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“How many of you have purchased condoms in the last week? Raise your hand.” I asked this to an auditorium full of brand new graduate students. Suddenly, everyone woke up and the room was filled with nervous energy and intermittent chuckles.

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Socially Conscious Condoms Give New Meaning to "Good in Bed"

Vegan condom company Sir Richard's hits the road this fall, touring college campuses to promote sexual health at home and abroad.

Meet Lucy. She's a plaid, 1971 Volkswagen "condom bus," and the esteemed emissary of Sir Richard's, a socially responsible condom company. This fall, she'll be visiting college campuses around the West Coast, spreading the company's message that "safe sex is a basic human right." If all goes well, she'll make condoms more fun in the process.

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The Meatless Bone: How Vegans Get It On Vegan Sex: How the Meat-Free Get It On

Inside the world of cruelty-free lube, condoms made without animal products, and pornographic herbivores.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Go vegetarian.

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