Men’s instinctive concern over penis size will soon be discussed more openly, or even boasted about in Thailand, with the soon to be introduced official penis measuring device.

The device, a disposable paper measuring tape which is about to be launched under the Public Health Ministry’s “Condom for All” campaign, will tell guys which size condoms will give them the best comfort and protection.

Measure of manhood...The disposable paper tape used to measure the width of penisMeasure of manhood…The disposable paper tape used to measure the width of penis

The tape records widths of between 49 and 56 millimetres – covering the “Thai penis size standard”, said Dr Somyos Kittimankhong of the Department of Disease Control’s (DDC) anti-Aids division.

The Nation reported that he, however, did not mention how men with smaller or larger sized members could take part in his department’s upcoming survey of penis sizes.

The campaign was launched in response a spike in the number of gay men and sex workers contracting HIV.

A 200 million Baht (RM20 million) budget has been approved for a countrywide drive to give away free condoms to gay men and males and females aged 1525, with a special focus on ensuring that people wear the rightsize protection.

“Larger size condoms can slip off or deaden the pleasure during sex, while smaller ones will cause discomfort to wearers.

“These factors dissuade people from using condoms – which encourages the spread of HIV/Aids,” said Dr Somyos.

The condom campaign is in response a spike in the number of gay men and sex workers contracting HIVThe condom campaign is in response a spike in the number of gay men and sex workers contracting HIV

“Making goodfitting condoms available will be useful in dealing with the reemerging HIV/Aids problem as well as promoting the widespread practice of safe sex in Thailand,” he said.

The DDC’s statistics showed that HIV infection rates among gay men going for testing were 17 per cent in 2003, 28 per cent in 2005 and 32 per cent in 2007, a rise that has prompted warnings of a second wave of HIV/Aids infection.

The campaign is aimed at cutting infection rates in half by 2011.

Once approved, more than 7,000 district administrations will be asked to participate in promoting the practice of safe sex and in distributing the free condoms.

–   The Nation/ANN