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Condom sales in the US rise as the country relaxes anticovid measures

Condom sales in the US are on the rise in recent months as the country is relaxing social distancing measures imposed during the pandemic, thanks to a large increase in vaccinated people.

According to the latest figures from IRI, a company that analyzes data at points of sale, the purchase of male condoms in the US rose 23.4% from March 21 to April 18 compared to the same period from last year.

In addition, Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Durex condoms, assured that the brand registered a double-digit increase in sales during the last quarter compared to the same quarter of last year and, although they have not revealed a specific figure, they attribute the rise to the relaxation of the rules of social distancing.

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The company sees “improvements for Durex in markets where social constraints are easing,” said Rockitt Benckier CEO Laxman Narasimhan.

Meanwhile, two of the largest pharmacy chains in the US, Walgreens and CVS, also claim that the sale of condoms has grown “substantially” in recent weeks in relation to the same period of 2020, without providing specific figures.

A business that was in decline

The improvement in condom sales comes after several years of decline, since in 2017 they already fell by 2.4% and in 2018 by 3.4%, only slightly increasing in 2019 by 1.2%, according to the figures by IRI.

Kevin Grundy, an analyst at the Jeffries company, pointed out that the condom market has lost ground in recent years due to the advancement of other types of contraceptive methods, including the morning-after pill.

In addition, according to a study by the University of Indiana and the Swedish Karolinska Institute, sexual inactivity in American adults increased between 2000 and 2018, something they attributed to several factors, including the increase in the presence of technology and social networks.

JU (efe, edition.cnn.com, nypost.com)

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