FDA Authorizes Underwear Designed To Prevent STIs

FDA Authorizes Underwear Designed To Prevent STIs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized the first underwear designed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases during oral sex. Developer Melanie Cristol explained that Lorals, which come in bikinis and shorties, are composed of vanilla-flavored latex and are roughly the thickness of a condom. They establish a barrier on the inside of the thigh and hold fluids in. Like a condom, they should only be used one time.

A new product from Cristol’s firm will be available for sale on Thursday that is specifically designed to prevent infection. Herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis are just a few of the diseases that may be spread by oral sex.
Before this, the only FDA-approved device for oral sex safety was a dental dam, a thin layer of latex polyurethane that was normally held in place with the hands to establish a barrier. The Food and Drug Administration has approved this medication as a means of preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during oral sex.

The FDA did not require human clinical studies to approve Lorals, but it did demand paperwork on thickness, flexibility, strength, and other characteristics, as it does with condoms. Lorals were approved. The FDA has also approved two new dental dam firms in the last year, which may indicate a surge in customer demand.

The Lorals

The Lorals website states that underwear is designed to serve as a protective barrier. Use of Lorals according to the instructions, which means that the underwear is kept on during sexual contact, may help to lessen the risk of contracting or transmitting STIs including herpes, HPV, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Natural rubber latex is used to make ultra-thin underwear, which is around 0.08 millimeters thick and they are available in bikini and “shortie” designs. There is a four-pair set available for $25.

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