Feds fund $224,000 grant for condom-fit study

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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The funding runs through July of 2014.

bstebner@nydailynews.com


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