Thursday, September 01, 2005

Anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks

It has not yet been tested "on a live man." My guess is they will not get any volunteers. But good luck with their product.

Anti-rape condom aims to stop attacks - Yahoo! News: "Ehlers said the 'rapex' hooks onto the rapist's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators.

'He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage,' she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. 'I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital.'

The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.

It also reduces the chances of a woman falling pregnant or contracting
AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases from the attacker by acting in the same way as a female condom.

South Africa has more people with
HIV/AIDS than any other country, with one in nine of its 45 million population infected.

Ehlers, who showed off a prototype on Wednesday, said women had tried it for comfort and it had been tested on a plastic male model but not yet on a live man. Production was planned to start next year."

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