REGENSDORF, Switzerland, March 8 (UPI) -- A new smaller condom,
called the Hotshot, has been designed to fit males ages 12-14,
officials at Lamprecht AG, a condom manufacturer in Switzerland,
Nysse Norballe, a spokesman for Lamprecht AG, said the company
had been approached by an AIDS awareness organization in
Switzerland after it "had carried out many studies which found
that a lot of young people -- i.e. teenagers -- had trouble
finding a suitably sized condom," ABC-TV News reported.
The company said Britain would be a "top priority" if the company
expanded abroad. Studies show more male teens are sexually active
then in the 1990s and Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy
rate in Europe, The Daily Telegraph reported.
"At the moment we are only producing the Hotshot in Switzerland,"
Norballe said. "But the United Kingdom is certainly a very
attractive market since there is a very high rate of underage
A standard condom has a diameter of 2 inches, or 5.2 centimeters,
while the Hotshot's diameter is 1.7 inches, or 4.5 centimeters.
Both are 7.4 inches, or 19 centimeters, long.