Picture Number:10325331 Credit:Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
This 'Paragon' re-usable medium-sized rubber condom is shown in its original packaging with directions for use visible inside the lid of the box. Condoms were first used in the 16th century as a protection against syphilis. In the 21st century they offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as being effective contraceptives. In the last 100 years, they have evolved from linen and animal intestine, via vulcanised rubber, to the multi-coloured, multi-flavoured latex varieties available today. This condom was made by Georges (Chemists) Ltd in London.