Charlie Sheen: Once one of the highest paid stars on TV, more recently involved in a series of messy public meltdowns, including reports of substance abuse, marital problems, and allegations of domestic violence. Yet, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (, when Sheen went on the Today Show in 2015, JAMA) Internal Medicine6,500 journalists and 2.75 million Americans weren't thinking about any of that. They were thinking about HIV, including HIV symptoms, HIV testing -- and condoms. It was on air that day that Sheen disclosed his HIV-positive status, which he claims he contracted after just two unprotected sexual encounters.
Sheen, like any well-versed celebrity, has recently found a way to "make hay" of his situation, and it could prove a significant boon to public health efforts. Sheen is now helping launch a truly cool condom line called HEX™ by LELO. The design is billed as "the condom, reimagined" and "the first condom innovation in 70 years."
Of course, there have been improvements in condoms over time. Today, you can choose condoms in different flavors, colors and textures, with and without spermicides, made from a variety of materials, and with or without reservoir tips. But in fact, condoms are all similarly shaped and face the same negatives they always have, namely that they reduce pleasure, slip frequently, and break all too easily.
The LELO HEX™ is structurally different. The design integrates 350 individual hexagons throughout its ultra-thin latex surface. The result is a condom that looks like a space-age honeycomb, and performs significantly better than the competition. As Filip Sedic, Inventor of LELO HEX™, explains, "There's a reason why honeycombs are the shape they are, and why snake scales move the way they do. It's because hexagons are strong, symmetrical, and tessellate perfectly. They're one of nature's go-to shapes for anything needing to be both lightweight and incredibly strong."
This unique design and texture allows HEX™ to "flex and mold to the uniqueness of the wearer, while it channels unwanted stress through the structure itself," says Sedic. In short, this is a much stronger and more comfortable condom. Also, the texture is on the inside as well, which Sedic claims enhances pleasure for the wearer.
The product was launched on HEX™ "luxury condoms" on Amazon, retailing for under a dollar each when you buy 36.Indiegogo last year, where it found 10,000 backers in just two months. Now you can buy these