EARLY BLOOMERS

Condoms for Swiss 12 Year Olds?

Who said the Swiss were cold fish? A Swiss company is now marketing extra-small condoms, called Hotshots, and targeting the market of sexually active 12- to 14-year-olds. The snug-fitting condoms were released after a Swiss study found that more boys were engaging in risky sexual behavior at that age than in the 1990s. “They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves,” said the researcher who headed the study, of 12-year-old boys. “They do not have a very developed sexual knowledge.” Though the Swiss age of consent is 16, family-planning groups and the Swiss AIDS Federation offered particularly vocal support for the product.