L. Condoms, a socially responsible condom brand focusing on sexual empowerment, to give free condoms
L. condoms, the condoms that can solve problems beyond the bedroom and support a cause, will be sending out free condoms the first two weeks of February in honor of Valentine's Day. Simply submit a mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org today through February 14th, and L. will send over a few samples of our award-winning condoms, on us!
And if you are feeling lucky, L. is gifting a year's worth of condoms to one lucky person on social media. To participate in this giveaway, L. is asking users to share their shameless moment with the hashtag #shamelesslysingle on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and they will hook up one lucky person with the goods they need to get it on this year.
L. Condoms is a socially responsible condom brand focusing on sexual empowerment. The condoms are sustainable, 100% vegan, manufactured without harmful additives and designed to emulate the body’s natural lubrication process. They are designed to be sleek, compact and sexy.
Created by photojournalist Talia Frenkel, L. Condoms utilizes the power of sexual health to help prevent outbreaks of HIV and AIDS across the globe. After having witnessed the HIV/AIDS epidemic first-hand while in the field, Frenkel launched L. Condoms, a for-profit manufacturer of sustainable condoms who partners with nonprofit organizations such as Direct Relief International to fulfill their promise of distributing one condom to a developing country with high HIV/AIDS frequencies for everyone from her brand that is purchased.
Although condoms are one of the most accessible and inexpensive forms of birth control available in the world, costing approximately just $0.04 per unit 9, some of the areas with the world’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections have little to no access to condoms.
To date more than 78 million people in the World have contracted HIV/AIDS and over 36 million have died from an HIV- or AIDS-related cause. In many nations in sub-Saharan Africa, the prevalence of HIV is among the highest in the world, and insufficient levels of condom use continue to drive the epidemic forward. While recent efforts to mitigate these circumstances have helped to lower the rates of infection in several nations such as South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, much is still needed in the way of efforts towards education and distribution to the populations in these areas. Regardless of this epidemic, 80% of Sub-Saharan African youth are sexually experienced by the age of 20—a statistic that is not entirely different from that in the United States.
Condom use in the United States, however, continues to be on the rise: one in four acts of vaginal intercourse—one in three for single individuals—are condom-protected. That statistic, coupled with the recent upswing in the one-for-one business model with brands such as Toms, Warby Parker and Love With Food, reveals both a window of opportunity and a global need that have made themselves apparent as the potential for condom manufacturers to reinvent their product to create a broader global impact.
L. starts with outreach in high-impact areas, focusing on peer-to-peer outreach and distribution, which in turn creates a direct line of access to their product. They also emphasize female social enterprise solutions in which women are trained as health workers and provided a source of income through condom distribution in their communities. This provides women with sustainable livelihoods while facilitating the creation of long term distribution channels. L. also utilizes a program called Students For Students, which is dedicated to increasing condom access and sex education to students in Africa who are in the age range of being particularly high at risk for contracting HIV and are also in need of contraception.
While condom use and distribution at home continues to be on the rise, there is a vacuum in the face of a global health crisis that can benefit from a grassroots and holistic approach to sex education and empowerment. An enormous opportunity to create a substantial difference is available to condom manufacturers in the United States, whose product itself is the single most effective tool for prevention of HIV/AIDS. Adopting new strategies and embracing the current momentum of one-for-one business models will allow condom manufacturers to play a key role in helping to reduce rates of HIV/AIDS by making protection truly universal.