Just read this article about the Scroguard: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/the-scroguard-is-the-worlds-first….
What’s the Scroguard? Well, it’s an allover pelvis condom that reduces skin-to-skin contact in the scrotum and genital area to prevent STDs. According to the Scroguard website, it’s perfect for committed couples, casual sex partners, men who like sexual variety, and people who like to swing.
My first thought is this product is a great idea. It helps reduce the risks of STD’s such as herpes and HPV. You may know that condoms reduce the risk of STD’s, but you may not know that herpes and HPV can spread to other skin areas that are not covered by a condom through direct skin-to-skin contact. And herpes and HPV can be spread even when the person who has herpes is not having an outbreak, meaning no visible warts or sores.
According to the CDC, “You can get herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease. Fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection. You can also get herpes from an infected sex partner who does not have a visible sore or who may not know he or she is infected because the virus can be released through your skin and spread the infection to your sex partner(s). Herpes symptoms can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered by a latex condom. However, outbreaks can also occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm)
Now with all that said, I am not sure how well this product will be received. The Scroguard website claims that is feels like a second skin. Well, some condoms claim to feel that way too and we still hear the complaints of some men saying they don’t like condoms because they don’t feel as good as the actual skin-to-skin contact. Thus, the Scroguard adds more area of not feeling like actual skin to skin contact. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big proponent of safer sex practices and protecting yourself from STDs. And when it comes to feeling skin-to-skin contact versus protecting myself from disease….I personally will take the condom every time!
The second concern is the fact that it looks similar to a skin-colored diaper. The aesthetics might be improved if they could make it look like something Under Armour would make. Changing the look might make the person more willing to wear it. Lastly, it is made out of latex which definitely leaves out the people who are allergic to latex.
All in all, I think this a great idea. Check out the video below for more information about the Scroguard. What are your thoughts? Guys, would you wear this?