Recent advances in the research, development and manufacture of latex rubber condoms.

Gilmore CE
In: The latex condom: recent advances, future directions, edited by Erin T. McNeill, Caroline E. Gilmore, William R. Finger, JoAnn H. Lewis, William P. Schellstede. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Family Health International [FHI], 1998. 36-43.

Improved quality management together with better formulations and packaging have led to the current production of latex condoms which are more reliable than ever before in the past. Manufacturers now produce condoms which are more elastic with a chemical formulation which includes more antioxidants and better-controlled vulcanizates in an effort to ensure that condoms deteriorate more slowly than before. To better protect latex condoms from deterioration, manufacturers are using more impermeable, foil packaging; switching from plastic to foil or foil laminate packaging; and focusing greater attention upon tight package seals. These measures help to preserve the integrity of condoms even under the most adverse storage conditions. The latex condoms currently being produced are also generally safer than older versions now that manufacturers have stopped using talc as a finishing powder due to concerns over its possible toxicity. Manufacturers are now also able to produce condoms with less latex protein. Research is needed, however, to assess whether adding spermicides to the lubricant at the factory may result in more allergic reactions to latex.

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