In 1736 the French venereologist Jean Astruc condemned English libertines' use of animal membrane condoms. “Surely it is far better,” he said, “to partake the pleasures of venery with permission and safety, than to make use of so filthy and nasty an invention.” While such prejudice may remain widespread, I hope that health professionals would now disagree.
Condoms are a reliable contraception that can be used independently of medical input or advice and are an effective barrier against sexually transmitted infections. Up to 10 billion a year are used worldwide. Despite this, the global number of sexually transmitted infections is estimated to be in excess of 150 million, in addition to about 50 million abortions and 30 million unintended pregnancies.
This paperback seeks to promote condom use by providing an accessible and comprehensive literature review. The 19 contributors are mostly international experts who have published widely. The 14 chapters are