Instead of utilizing condoms for their intended use, teenagers are snorting condoms up their noses and then pulling them out of their mouths.
While it sounds like an April Fool's joke, educators are warning about a "condom challenge" being spread online by YouTube videos and social media. It's called, of course, the condom challenge. Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor of worldwide health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, penned an article for Forbes citing examples of fairly serious injuries sustained by people who accidentally inhaled or ingested condoms during oral sex.
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Condoms are meant to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STIs during sex. Texas education specialist Stephen Enriquez told Fox News affiliate KABB-TV that these bad decisions were fueled by a desire to get more views and likes on social media.
A risky trend among teens is causing concern among the medical community. "The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke", Lee wrote. A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose.
Accidentally swallowing the condom could also lead to serious complications. The publication also cites two cases reviewed in medical journals in which women accidentally swallowed condoms, developing ailments ranging from pneumonia to appendicitis.
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One channel devoted to the challenge created in 2013 has more than 100 videos of people participating.
The new challenge comes months after the Tide pod challenge, where teens ate liquid laundry detergent packets.
In 2015, a different condom challenge took off on the internet, as people tried to break water-filled condoms over others' heads, the New York Daily News reported.
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