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Taxpayers will be footing the bill for the perfect condom fit.
The “glove” is getting a whole lotta love.
One size doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to condoms, which is why the National Institutes of Health awarded a Georgia-based condom company a $ 224,000 grant to create condoms for every size and shape that can handle the friskiest of romps.
But some say that it’s the taxpayers that are getting screwed.
Because the grant was given by the NIH — a government organization — it means that taxpayers are essentially footing the hefty bill for the study, entitled “Behavioral and Manufacturing Science to Commercially Develop Fitted Condoms.”
An article from The Atlantic’s Wire argues that shelling out a quarter million dollars so men can measure the size of their members is a little outlandish.
The rub is this — the NIH reports that as many as half of all sexually-active American men forego using protection, saying they don’t like the way a rubber fits or how it feels.
TheyFit seeks to create “custom-fit” condoms, with 95 different sizes in all, so more men can find a comfortable fit and prevent the transition of STIs. This includes a potentially-humbling method to accurately measure a man’s penis to ensure he purchases the right size of condom.
“Only by developing effective prevention and treatment strategies for health-injuring behaviors can we reduce the disease burden in the U.S. and thus, enhance health and lengthen life, with is the mission of NIH,” the organization said in a statement to CNS News.
The funding runs through July of 2014.