According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States, and account for almost $16 billion in health care costs. When used properly, male contraceptives, commonly referred to as condoms, are proven to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and prevent unwanted pregnancy.
To ensure condoms are manufactured to meet safety requirements, ASTM International has published ASTM D3492-15, Standard Specification for Rubber Contraceptives (Male Condoms). This ANS is intended to assist buyers in obtaining condoms of consistent quality and covers the minimum requirements for individually packaged male condoms made from natural rubber latex and intended for single use. ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, seeks to develop voluntary consensus standards to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.