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The high number of STDs, coupled with a still too-high number of teen pregnancies here in Lubbock, leads one to believe that people around here simply don't understand condoms. That being said, a new kind of condom is on the market, and it looks, well...

A bit suspect.

The Galactic Cap condom is essentially a sticky piece of tape that you apply to the tip of your johnson rather than the sleeve method most familiar to us with the tried-and-true condom. This new condom is supposed to trap semen in the tip of it (somehow), but the pictures and the disclaimer leave one to believe it probably doesn't work too well at preventing pregnancy or STDs.

The website boasts that it does loads for the sensitivity part of the experience of sex with a condom, but so does just not wearing one at all. And this bad boy seems just about as effective at doing its job as a make-believe condom. A ghost rubber, if you will.

I'm just trying to understand what's going on here.

At the bottom of the "How It Works" section on the Galactic Cap website, you see a tiny fine print warning. It says the following:

"Disclaimer: This product is an experimental prototype and has not yet been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a condom. Use at your own risk. It may not reduce the risk of transmitting STDs such as HIV infection (AIDS), Gonorrhea, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and/or Herpes. Pregnancy prevention effectiveness has not been satisfactorily tested either."

The disclaimer goes on to say:

"The medical-grade adhesive of this condom has been cleared for use on skin. But different men have different skin sensitivities, so you should experiment with a small area first if you find that the Galactic Cap is too painful or that your skin is becoming irritated, discontinue use and use a regular condom."

(Side note: this disclaimer is so small that it was hard for me to make out the words in the last sentence.)

Doesn't sound very promising. But that isn't even the end.

"By electing to use this prototype, you assume full responsibility for its use and understand that Powell Development Group, Inc., the manufacturer and any third parties (collectively "we") cannot be responsible for any damage or injury to you or your partner during use. Accordingly, you hear by release and agree to defend, indemnify and hold us harmless from any and all cost or damage arising out of or relating to the use of the Galactic Cap prototype."

There you have it, folks. It looks like this may be an even better way to get an STD and knock someone up while you're at it. Perfect for Texas Tech students. Maybe skip this one, guys. At least until they do more testing and can show its efficacy in preventing all the things condoms are supposed to prevent.

Have you ever tried the Galactic Cap condom? Would you? Comment below or on our FMX Facebook page.

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