From ABC, December 12, 2006
APPLICANTS WANTED FOR CONDOM TESTING
By New Zealand correspondent Peter Lewis
One of the world's biggest manufacturers of condoms is targeting New Zealand to test its new range of products because the people there are apparently among the most sexually active in the world.
While the idea of becoming a condom test pilot obviously will appeal to many New Zealanders, Durex - the company behind this unusual research and development program - takes the promotion of safe sex seriously.
Durex national manager Victoria Potter says New Zealanders pay a high price for being among the most sexually active in the world.
"We have very high rates of STIs [sexually transmitted infections], we have the third highest rate of unplanned pregnancy in the OECD countries, we have a lot of sexual partners and we are very much into casual sex," she said.
Past surveys suggest Kiwis are among the most sexually active in the world, among the highest in the world for sexual partners and one-night stands, as well as being relatively more adventurous when it to comes to experimenting in the bedroom.
Ms Potter says a select few will be chosen to try the company's new product range.
But apart from a few free condoms, the only reward for the select few will be the satisfaction of contributing to the science of sex.