Erotec Offers New Sex Toy to Fight Rising STDs

Stephen Yagielowicz

SACRAMENTO — Erotec has announced its launch of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to produce a new sex toy for couples that adds more excitement to the experience of condom use: The Rocket Ride.

The Rocket Ride is a new type of sex toy that puts full-length stimulation inside the condom, turning the active partner into a living vibrator.

According to the company, for unmarried, sexually active adults, wearing a condom is a way of life — or at least it should be. However, research shows that condom use is decreasing, and that STD transmission is rising as a result. “Condom fatigue,” a term used by medical professionals and safer sex educators to refer to the phenomenon of decreased condom use, appears to be the culprit.

By making the condom exciting to both the active sex partner wearing it and to the passive partner receiving it, researchers believe that Rocket Ride can combat sexual dysfunction, lower STD infections, and reinvigorate the importance of the message regarding safe sex.

“Many studies show that unsafe sex occurs in part as a resolution to condom and erectile difficulties,” explains Erotec founder Max Peak. “Both partners often complain of decreased sensation with the use of a condom. But for the active partner, this can lead to lackluster or even failing erections.”

A 2014 Emory University study revealed that nearly a third of the men surveyed reported that they had lost an erection after having put on a condom.

“[The Rocket Ride] is an added safeguard for erectile dysfunction for the active partner,” Peak adds, “and a way to increase condom use possibly decreasing HIV and other STD transmission.”

Condom fatigue can also be used to describe a general weariness of and decreased effectiveness of safer sex messages. This is also sometimes called prevention fatigue, and has been partially blamed for a reported increase in HIV infection rates, and other STDs.

According to Erotec, HIV infection is increasing at a rate of 12 percent annually among 13-24-year-old American men who have sex with men. Experts attribute this to “AIDS fatigue” among younger people who have no memory of the worst phase of the epidemic in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, as well as condom fatigue among those who have grown tired of and disillusioned with the unrelenting safer sex message. Laboratory studies prove that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STD pathogens, yet, a National Health Report shows that among never-married women, reliance on partner’s condom use decreased from 32 percent in 1995 to 22 percent in 2006-2010.

“We should encourage people however we can to continue using condoms,” Peak concludes. “Rocket Ride fights condom fatigue by making condom use a lot more fun.”

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