A box of Durex Fetherlite condoms
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Durex condoms represent around one quarter of the global market for prophylactic sheaths, manufacturing around one billion units per year in 17 factories worldwide. The Durex range includes nine varieties of latex condom, including the Sheik and Ramses brands popular for decades in North America, and the Avanti condom, the first male condom made from polyurethane. Polyurethane condoms do not suffer from "latex rot", and are suited for users who have an allergic reaction to latex (a common occurrence and one which until now had not been responded to).
In August 2007, Durex announced that it expected to launch a new line of condoms that it claims will help men get a firmer erection and increase penis size. The condoms will contain a gel in the tip that dilates arteries and increases blood flow to the penis.
2012 Summer Olympics
Although they are not an official sponsor of the Olympic Games, Durex provided 150,000 free condoms to more than 10,000 athletes that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Durex also runs a campaign to promote world-wide safe sex via the use of condoms. Durex hosts National Condom Week's as an initiative to encourage the use of condoms during intercourse. Condoms are the only method of contraception that provide protection from pregnancy and HIV/STI transmitting organisms.
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