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I was reading one of the new reviews today and notice a client talking about a new condom that is inserted into the anus of the bottom and the top wears nothing..Does anyone have any info on this?

What are the pros and cons? Where can they be purchased?

 

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These are not "new" but they have as yet to be marketed actively in the gay community. They are called "Reality" condoms. The packaging featuers a pink female symbol. I know some guys who have used them successfully and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation includes them in their baskets of condoms which they distribute for free.

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I had just been wondering about the female condom myself. A few years ago when I was between health insurance providers I would get my HIV/STD testing done at the city clinic in San Francisco. The "counselor" (a straight girl who looked like she hadn't even totally finished her her undergrad work and who was VERY uncomfortable talking about sex, let alone gay sex) told me they were making a push to try and encourage gay men to use them.

 

I was just wondering the other day what had come of all that, if the Reality condoms had really caught fire (I mean did they ever become popular, not are they flammable), or if they were the Susan B. Anthony dollars of rubbers -- a nice idea that never quite took off. I would also be really curious to hear from any of you that have used them, what it was like, do tops find it easier to stay hard inside them, etc.

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I've been wondering about them for some time myself, but have yet to bump into them anywhere.

 

I've been wondering if they're any more "generous" than "standard" condoms for guys that need the larger sizes, or if they have larger sizes. :9

 

I'm also waiting to try out the new Jeff Stryker condom being introduced by Frixxion lube. They're supposed to be super thin and super strong in addition to super-sized.

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I was the one who wrote the review and while I had seen them before...I never used one until Jimmy had me try it.

 

He said they are much more durable than regular condoms. They can apparently be found in drugstores...

 

Check em out...I think you would like them....

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Yes, one of these condoms is quite large. It in no way constricts the penis. I'd say it's about twice the size of a regular condom, so you'd have to be REALLY thick to find it tight.

 

I found it awkward trying to insert the thing myself, but I haven't tried using one with a partner yet.

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Aren't they made of polyurethane (not latex)? I thought that polyurethane isn't as effective against STDs or HIV?

 

Let me know if I am mistaken.

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Reality Condoms

 

I keep a variety of rubbers for clients and used to keep this one. Most guys did not like them, however from the vantage of a top, it was nice not to have to wear a rubber -- they are big, and the guys who did use them told me they found them hard to insert. In SF you still get them free, in LA I find them hard and expensive to replace and since I throw condoms away after six months if they are not been used, I have stopped purchasing them.

 

One client would come in wearing it and swears by them so perhaps with practice it is worth trying out.:-)

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>Aren't they made of polyurethane (not latex)? I thought

>that polyurethane isn't as effective against STDs or HIV?

>

>Let me know if I am mistaken.

 

The CDC has approved the use of polyurethane condoms for HIV and STD protection.

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RE: Reality Condoms

 

OKay..What do these condoms look like..? Do they have a wide top so they stay in place.? Are there any bottoms here who have tried them.?

How does it feel to the Fucker and the Fuckee?

 

It sounds like a great idea but I don't here about it much..Is it a West Coast thing?

 

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RE: Reality Condoms

 

They do have a wide top with a ring to help it stay in place. That being said, one of the risks I've heard associated with them is that it is possible to insert the penis on the outside of the condom if one isn't careful.

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RE: Reality Condoms

 

I purchased my one and only package of them a number of years ago, at Walgreens. At that time they were very expensive compared to normal condoms -- about $3 dollars each, as I recall. I do not know how readily available they are now in drugstores, but a quick search on drugstore.com revealed "female condoms" available for $15 for a packet of 5. I have picked up a few at the SF Aids Foundation, which distributes free condoms, with the idea that I might try to use one again.

 

As to how they are inserted, I never got the hang of it. Basically the thing has a flexible ring in the closed end of it and one needs to manipulate that ring in an effort to insert the condom. The package comes with instructions and a diagram, but it is obviously directed at inserting it into a vagina.

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RE: Reality Condoms-a picture

 

Given the...er...anatomical differences between the use we're talking about and the use it's intended for, it seems to me that someone having difficulty inserting it could rather easily puncture it in the process of putting it in. And not be able to tell. Doesn't sound very safe.

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RE: Female Condoms

 

Yes, it was not only originally designed for women but it is still marketed exclusively for penile/vaginal sex. In fact, on drugstore.com, if you search for "condom" and then look by brand, it is clearly labeled "female condom," and the packaging still features a big, pink female symbol.

 

There was some local (local to San Francisco) push to advocate its use among gay men a few years ago (as an alternative for those who felt that regular condoms were too confining or densensitizing), but I haven't read or heard anything about them for quite some time apart from this thread.

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RE: Female Condoms

 

>Yes, it was not only originally designed for women but it is

>still marketed exclusively for penile/vaginal sex. In fact,

>on drugstore.com, if you search for "condom" and then look

>by brand, it is clearly labeled "female condom," and the

>packaging still features a big, pink female symbol.

>

>There was some local (local to San Francisco) push to

>advocate its use among gay men a few years ago (as an

>alternative for those who felt that regular condoms were too

>confining or densensitizing), but I haven't read or heard

>anything about them for quite some time apart from this

>thread.

 

Here's a quote from an interesting article in the Bay Area Reporter from 1996 which basically charge the FDA for taking a politically safe but scientifically unsound position on the female condom, which effectively kept it female.

 

"A spokeswoman at Female Health company, which manufactures Reality/Aegis, told the Bay Area Reporter that FHC President Mary Ann Lieper was explicitly told at an FDA obstetrics/gynecology department Device and Diagnostics panel meeting, 'Because sodomy is illegal in many states, we cannot support a male condom.'"

 

A versatile user of the female condom referred me to this article, and opined that such politics, coupled with most people's Pavlovian instincts about condoms (the article points out that latex condoms really haven't changed much over the past 100 years), are to blame for its lack, not only of popularity, but of popular awareness. (A straight woman emailed me to say that she and her friends joke that you can't get Reality at Wal-mart.) One of the funnier moments in the article comes when you read grim predictions that the demand from gay men would be overwhelming and cause women's health services to get the, uh, shaft.

 

http://www.aegis.com/news/misc/1996/BAR60201.html

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RE: Female Condoms

 

Since I've never used them but was curious, I asked a good friend. (A pornstar/escort bottom boy who's like a little brother to me, dammit.)

 

He used them with an ex-BF who was hung pretty big and *really* bothered by standard condoms (including Magnums). He said they were OK. His BF liked the convenience and "more natural" feel. As a bottom, he couldn't tell much difference.

 

His one warning: it's REALLY easy to stick the dick in the hole next to the condom instead of in the condom. So, boys, guide the pole in the hole yourselves. Don't trust a stranger to hit the right hole.

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