LELO just unveiled their new re-engineered condom, the HEX. In the works since 2008, the HEX is designed to address the 3 most common complaints people have with condoms today by:
- increasing pleasure
- reducing slippage
- decreasing breakage
LELO is calling it “the first major step forward since the reservoir tip was added almost 70 years ago.” And while there have been innovations — like polyurethane, textures, and balloon heads with extra material for added sensation — there hasn’t been as impressive a structural innovation with game-changing possibilities for condoms in that time…until now.
Inspired by the molecular structure of graphene — the strongest, thinnest material known to science — LELO HEX integrates 350 individual hexagons through its ultra-thin latex surface to help it perform differently from other condoms today. Think honeycombs and snake scales! The design combines a 0.55mm hexagonal web with ultra-thin 0.45mm latex panels for thinness and strength combined. This allows HEX to flex and mold to the uniqueness of the wearer, while it channels unwanted stress through the structure itself. Meanwhile it’s internal texture, inspired by Formula 1 race tires, reduce the chances of slippage.
When Charlie Sheen announced that he was HIV-positive in November of 2015, online searches related to HIV and condoms increased by 70-400%, a trend dubbed the ‘Charlie Sheen Effect’ by experts. “Announcing my HIV condition gave me a new sense of purpose in speaking actively on sexual health,” says Sheen, who hopes to help drive more conversations on safer sex. “That’s why LELO HEX is such an important project for me.” Watch this vid — it’s probably not the Charlie Sheen you expect.
- Only 1 in 4 acts of sexual intercourse are protected
- 1 million people a day contract an STI
- There are no less than 2 million new cases of HIV each year
- STI rates are on the rise
- New viruses may be transmitted via sex, like Ebola and Zika
Early this year (Feb 19), the CDC published a reminder regarding the effectiveness of condoms — when used correctly every time — in preventing unintended pregnancies, viral hepatitis, STIs and some viruses. HEX not only meets all international safety standards, it exceeds them. They also electronically test each and every condom they ship to ensure the highest quality.
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