Written by: Zenobia Harris, Staff Writer
A new brand of underwear, SOS Boxer Briefs, is taking protection to a new level with its condom pocket underwear. These underwear ensure that its customers are always comfortable while combatting dangerous sex practices.
The SOS Boxer Brief line by Bernard Buie was designed to aid in the fight against STDs, unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancies. Buie’s clothing line has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Health and several other organizations to bring awareness about these issues to the public. The limited edition, “Lifesaver Boxer Brief” features a condom pocket with a life preserver logo, and each pair of underwear comes with a condom in the pocket.
Surprisingly the SOS underwear line isn’t the only company to incorporate condom pockets in their boxers. There are many different companies including Baskit by Billy Boy Condom Company; Tush Skivvies, which includes a design of underwear with a sperm-patterned print; and Jimmy Valentine boxer line, amongst others. There are brands like SOS that mostly target sexually active, younger males while other brands even offer their underwear to women.
Besides wanting to provide both comfort and protection for its customers, most of these companies including SOS, use their brand as platforms to raise awareness about unprotected sex and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
According to a study done by Stanford University’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, one in four college students has an STD. Based on the National College Health Survey, 54% of college students use condoms, but not everyone practices safe sex all the time. While the rate of teen pregnancies in America has decreased over the years, more than 273,000 babies were born in 2013 to teen mothers ages 15-19 according to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Another CDC study shows that half of all sexually active young people will contract an STD by the time they are 25, and most won’t know that they have it.
The “Lifesaver” boxer briefs may prove to be a good investment for people who like designer underwear and a convenient place to keep their condoms, but each pair can range in cost between $25-40 a piece depending on the company. That’s quite a hefty price for one pair of underwear.
Still, SOS Boxer Briefs, Baskit, Tush Skivvies and other condom pocket underwear brands all stand for one great cause—promoting safe sex practices. Companies such as Baskit and SOS even use their funds to create and endorse healthy living programs in the community. There are lots of companies catching on to this new trend and creating new ways to encourage consumers to make healthy choices and be safe.