The age old question of why men object to condoms during intercourse has been a very long standing one. The National Institute of Health is trying to gain the approval for a half milion dollar study on this very topic. Government watchdog groups have issues with the amount of money it will take to conduct the study. They seem to feel it is a waste of money. Others seem to believe it is a good use for the funding.
This study is to be aimed at young heterosexual men who have issues with using condoms. The research will include skill based intervention types that will assist men in the proper use of condoms. Men must be instructed on the proper use of a condom. The Kinsey Institute, an affiliate of the University of Indiana has obtained scholarship funds to assist and help defray the exorbitant costs involved in conducting the research.
This study calls for two phases of one study over a two year period. The study will also include a question and answer forum. Phase two of the study will encompass the use of a laboratory to explore sensitivity and erection during the condoms application. The overall project is to understand the relationships between anxiety, performance and the actual application of a condom on a fully erect penis, loss of sensation and sometimes erection.
One watchdog group proclaims the study is a perfect example of wasteful spending of Federal funds. Is a study of condom usage wasteful or will it help us to address issues of teen pregnancy and to help stop the spread of venereal diseases such as AIDS? Fewer unwanted babies and lower medical bills due to the fatal illness of AIDS may be a good use of Federal funds.
The researchers believe the project will perform a much needed health service that is vital to the general public by offering help in development of prevention methods beneficial to the well being of American people. If the researchers can help develop intervention programs to stop these issues of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies, wouldn’t it directly address prevention and intervention programs?
If the Study is Approved
This study will collect data from five hundred men between the ages of 18 and 24; however, during the laboratory phase only 129 subjects will be involved. They want to perform neurological examinations and test through instruction for the correct, consistent usage of condoms.