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Should You Seal Your Penis During Sex?

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At first glance, a new product by the name of “Jiftip” might seem like the perfect alternative to condoms.

But do they work?

The Jiftip is a sticker that covers the urethra, supposedly allowing the kind of freedom and sensation during sex that condoms do not: “Feel your partner, Feel Freedom, Feel Safe” goes the slogan.

Except it does not prevent STDs. Or even pregnancy, which some—OK, most—may say is the only reason to even slip on a condom. And you do not have to look any further than the product’s website to find out for yourself.

Jiftip is not “intended or approved to prevent pregnancy or STI’s,” the site’s disclaimer says.

It does not protect against herpes, HPV or STI’s—“Jiftip only protects pleasure and convenience.” But it can be an irritant for anybody with sensitive skin.

So what is the deal?

The disclaimer also mentions that Jiftip should only be used with the pull-out method.

Naturally, any interested consumer has to be left wondering what, if any, benefits could this patch possibly provide.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, an Orlando Health physician, cannot find a single one.

After a careful look into the product, Brahmbhatt says anybody using the Jiftip may even experience pain during ejaculation.

He urges those worried about STDs or pregnancy to stick to condoms. Latex condoms are 99 percent effective in preventing HIV transmission. And if used properly, Planned Parenthood states, they are 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

“Condoms are tried and tested,” said Brahmbhatt. “Consumers often get caught up in the hype and forget risk. Condoms are not the enemy. They are an effective form of birth control and control against STDs.”

If that is not convincing enough, consider the price for a three-pack of Jiftip: $6.00.

Condoms can be as inexpensive as 50 cents a unit.

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