Condoms - A Brief History

  • 200

    AD Condom Art

    The earliest known visual evidence of their use from cave paintings.
  • Period: Apr 14, 1000 to

    Condoms - A Brief History

  • Jan 1, 1500

    Protection against syphilis

    Italian doctor, Gabrielle Fallopius, suggested that linen sheath condoms could be used to protect against syphilis, a deadly epidemic at that point in history.
  • Lambskin Condom

    The lambskin condom possible originated at this time after reports say farmers in Condom, France began using sheep guts as condoms.
  • Dr. Condom

    Legend had it that the name "condom" was coined when Charles II was given oiled sheep intestines to use as condoms by a Dr. Condom.
  • Rubber Condoms

    Rubber is introduced as an element of condoms.
  • Latex

    The introduction of latex. Condoms are cheap and disposable. Condoms were mass-produced by WW2.
  • Improved Latex

    The latex condom is improved by making them thinner, tighter and lubricated. The reservoir tip is introduced that collects semen in the end, decreasing the risk of leakage and unintentional pregnancy.
  • Emergence of HIV

    Experts agree that condoms are the best way outside of abstinence to avoid HIV. The emergence of HIV as a sexually transmitted disease takes condoms into the mainstream.
  • 21st Century Condom

    Sales reach nine billion worldwide. Experts have found the spermicides that kill sperm to prevent pregnancy also increase the risk of HIV; they agree that condoms with spermicides should never be used. Also, with the emergence of latex allergies, condoms are now available made of polyurethane for those people with latex allergies.