will allow a change from other methods, and great relief for many people
who find male condoms too tight, or difficult to put on.
The JANESWAY disposable model is a biodegradable device worn by women during sex. The cotton panty part serves as a holder for the latex portion which covers the entire genital area and extends into the vagina. Future styles will have replaceable centers, made of latex or other suitable materials, and held in place by a variety of panties, straps, or other means.
Due to the rise in HIV infection in teenage females, and women generally, it is felt that a device that the woman wears will help lower the rate of infection. Also, as JANESWAY covers much more area of the woman than a male condom or any other product on the market, it suggests than herpes and genital warts protection will be much greater for both male & female.
Additionally, as the JANESWAY device can be in place before lovemaking begins, interruption could be lessened.
Clinical trials are being done during November and December, 1999, at California Family Health Council in Los Angeles, under Ron Frezieres, Principal Investigator. This study of 35 couples will determine the clinical performance of the JANESWAY . Clinical performance factors to be examined will include breakage, slippage of the condom outside of the vagina, and assessment of measures of product acceptability (fit, sensitivity, ease of use, product preference) and product safety (discomfort, irritation, trauma.) No physical problems are anticipated as the properties of both latex and cotton are well documented. Premarket approval from the FDA is a goal after a larger 200 couple study further measuring performance standards.
HHH DEVELOPMENT Co, Inc. P.O.Box 833, Sebastopol, CA 95473
IS IT? It's not in the drugstores. That's because it is listed by FDA regulations
as a medical device and must undergo testing before it can be sold.
"Right now, condoms are the only effective product on the market to protect men and women from disease during intercourse. Everyone needs to use condoms every time they need protection. But there are diseases that can be contracted outside the condom area, and alternatives are necessary for persons who have difficulties using condoms. "
Condoms only cover approximately 60% of the penis, and there are some sexually transmitted diseases that can be transferred outside the area of the condom, such as herpes and genital warts, which are now known to be a precourser to cervical cancer.
TWO- THIRDS (Yes, that 's TWO out of THREE!) of male condoms sold in the USA are purchased by WOMEN!
In case you wonder why, here are some of the reasons given by some men that they don't like about male condoms, not that any reason excuses any person from protecting their partner by practicing safe sex....
Is there an educational program?
"What can anyone
do to help?"
Dr. Malcolm Potts, noted worldwide as an educator on contraception, had this to say:
Women get all sexually transmitted diseases at a rate MORE THAN DOUBLE that of men. And if they get pregnant while they have an STD, the child is at risk also.
That's how it is NOW... but take a moment to consider how life could be for them in a few years.
By the year 2000, more than 13 million women are projected to be infected with HIV and four million will have died from AIDS (Ankrah, 1995; UNAIDS, 1996). Of all HIV cases, 75% to 85% are from male-female sexual contact. AND our HUMAN POPULATION is increasing at an alarming rate, as well.
"But not here in the USA!", many people respond.
Also, when young people at work or college begin to search for a marriage partner, their choices can be from anywhere in the world.
There are many discussions about preventing AIDS, but most of the advice is "don't have sex" or "use condoms." Let's face it -- statistics prove some teenagers are going to have sex, and not even all adult men and women consistently manage to use condoms, so it can be even more difficult for teens.
And please don't think it's only teens --Reproductive health is a real issue for men and women of all ages in all walks of life. The most recent finding is that AIDS has spread to the Senior Citizens, many of whom have never had any condom education or prevention information.
Sometimes the media reports a cure for AIDS. This "cure" is for those who can tolerate the drugs and can PAY for those drugs -- about $15,000 or more per year! And none of the "cures" will help to PREVENT the pain and spread of AIDS and other STDs.
Doctors, nurses, midwives, counselors and healthcare educators may submit information, requesting to be placed on a mailing list, and to receive samples once they are available. Due to federal restrictions, none are available currently.
HHH Development Co., Inc., the guardian corporation for JANESWAY, is continuing to research, design and improve a variety of JANESWAY models for the future, as well as preparing for marketing and manufacturing of JANESWAY.
Future styles of JANESWAY's panty will be able to provide three - way use, securing each item by using the same panty holder for:
on our drawing board.
(Yes, we are planning for a substance that would allow the JANESWAY centers to be reusable. Latex is not reusable.)