"LELO HEX" is a condom with an epoch-making structure. The first innovation of a condom that has hardly evolved for 70 years since its birth.
It was developed by LELO, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the company, a number of new and dangerous sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have emerged in the last 70 years. But one of the most effective ways to prevent STDs, condoms, hasn't evolved much compared to 70 years ago, LELO argues.
"LELO HEX" is a condom developed with the aim of reducing the risk of infection with STDs. The honeycomb-like structure improves strength while maintaining thinness.
For example, when a condom is pecked with a needle, the part where the needle is stuck is torn in the case of a conventional condom, and the tear is further widened, so that the role of "protection" cannot be fulfilled. However, "LELO HEX" is said to be able to reduce the risk of STD infection by suppressing the spread of tears inside the honeycomb structure and minimizing the contact between mucous membranes.
The 350 hexagonal grids per condom prevent the condom from coming off during use.
"LELO HEX" is also supported by American actor Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen confessed to being infected with HIV in November 2015. Since then, he has been involved in a movement to promote STD infection prevention in collaboration with the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
It can be purchased from LELO's online shop. A Japanese site is also available, and the price is 2,080 yen.