Antibiotic Resistance Week – What You NEED To Know!

Monday 14th November marked the start of Antibiotic Resistance Week! Huge numbers of people are inadvertently putting themselves at risk and do not have a CLUE what is happening or understand the full extent of this global issue. So, here we are to clear things up for you (yes, YOU). With the rise of bacteria resistant to treatment, consequences are becoming ever present in societies across the planet.

To understand the true gravity of the situation and why this week exists, here are some FAQs with answers from Public Health England

Q: So, what in Heaven’s name is Antibiotic Resistance anyway?

It’s when bacteria become resistant to our antibiotics so the medicines no longer kill the bacteria

Q: Yikes… What are the causes?

It happens naturally over time, especially when they’re taken with no need or the wrong antibiotics are administered

Q: Hold on a second, can we not just develop new ones?!

The last time a major new class of antibiotics was introduced was during the 80s!

Q: Fudge. But how many people are actually dying from it so far? Surely it’s not taking it’s toll yet?

It’s estimated 25,000 in Europe alone have suffered

Noticeably for the UK, a recent outbreak of the STI Gonorrhoea (HL-AziR) has raised concerns much further, ESPECIALLY for sexually active 18-25-year-olds who are most at risk. This particular strain of the STD has become resistant to treatment, becoming extremely hard to contain, and dubbed ‘Super-Gonorrhoea’ by the press (to read up further on that particularly sticky situation, click here)


With 1 in 3 people taking antibiotics at least once a year, it is important that more people take notice of what’s going on and start thinking about measures to protect yourselves and your families.

For 18-25s everywhere, with the current state of resistant STDs, the advice is simple: EVERYONE can significantly reduce their risk by using condoms with all new and casual partners. And this, people, is just one of the reasons we are doing what we are at GiftCondom. Protect your loved ones TODAY!

Pillow Talk: When You Shouldn’t Take “NO” For An Answer!

Modern media is rightfully spotlighting sexual conduct and emphasising the importance of mutual consent. There are obviously important legal, social and moral aspects of sex. In almost every instance “No” should serve as an immediate reason to comply with the wishes of your partner. However, there is one time when ‘No’ just isn’t good enough… Never take “No” for an answer when it comes to protection!

1. “No, we don’t need a condom because I’m healthy and I’m clean.”

If someone claims that they are so healthy and clean that you don’t need to use a condom, their claims may turn out to be inaccurate. Someone who isn’t using condoms with you is unlikely to be using condoms with everyone else and your risk of contracting an STI goes up!

2. “No, I don’t like condoms, it’s difficult to use them.”

Using condoms can leave a mark on someone’s memory if they’ve had trouble with them in the past. Maybe they weren’t able to get hard or they couldn’t figure out how to unwrap a condom properly in the dark. Gift Condoms are high-sensitivity material properly lubricated for maximum pleasure, so that excuse is nonsense… and honestly, if they don’t have the intellect needed to properly unwrap a condom, are they really someone you want to be intimate with at all?

3. “No worries, I’m already on birth control.”

If you had a pound for every person who has lied about taking birth control you would be too busy counting your money to contemplate having sex with anyone! You want to prevent pregnancy, you need to protect yourself from getting an STI – that means YOU need to be the one making sure you are safe and you can do that easily by rejecting their “no” and telling them to it’s a condom right now or it’s time for that awkward walk home alone while contemplating what could have been!

4. “No, and we are done talking about it.”

Someone who says something like that to you before sex doesn’t have a problem that can be solved by a condom. Dump that loser right now and find yourself someone worth having sex with instead. Even more than the gift of a condom, you deserve the gift of a loving, caring and open-minded partner capable of treating you with the respect you deserve!

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The First Condom

Condoms are a ubiquitous part of life, in modern times, and they are a pretty amazing form of birth control. They’ve allowed people to take control of their lives by planning their pregnancies and stay healthier by avoiding STIs. The idea of condoms is at least 400 years old and a simple understanding of Condom History can be quite useful.

The first known condom was used around the year 1642, and it was found in what was the “cesspit” of Dudley Castle. The cesspit is just a word for where all the waste was thrown. The first condoms were made of animal membranes, usually the intestines. No one knows exactly when they started using these devices, because they do tend to disintegrate rapidly once tossed. Some speculate it is as early as the Ancient Egyptian days, but others think it was more like around the 1500s in Europe, and a bit earlier in Asian countries like China and Japan.

The first outbreak of what we know is now syphilis started in France in the 1400s, and doctors raced, with their limited medical knowledge, to find a way to prevent the spread. The fix they came up with was linen clothes soaked in certain chemicals, dried and then tied around the head of the penis with a ribbon during sex. They tested it and none of the subjects contracted the disease. Thus, the idea of the condom as we know it was born. Throughout the Renaissance period, these linen condoms and animal membrane ones were used, though, we now know that animal skins do not protect against STIs, only pregnancy.

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This continued until the invention of rubber in the 1800s. Early rubber condoms were reusable and would be medically molded to each man’s penis. In 1920, latex was invented and so was the condom as we know and love it today. They were much better than rubber condoms because there are many flammable substances involved in making rubber products, whereas latex uses only water. At this point in history, everyone knew what we know today: a condom makes sex even better.

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