From Casanova to Paris Hilton, sex is always present - and condoms have been around a long time too, in many different form and designs. The flaccid latex tube belies its importance, its high-tech, its responsibility for preventing HIV and role in porn, culture and design. On the wacky side, think funky flavours ('strawberry tonight,babe?') and ribbed varieties for extra oomph - and also adapted for other purposes, such as keeping gun muzzles dry and trafficking drugs. But today, there's a religious 'war on condoms' while NGOs try to promote their HIV-prevention role. The little bit of latex causes fiery feelings!"One Small Item, One Giant Impact" - the "Trigger Issue" series exposes everyday objects in a new light. Short, sharp, and provocative - themes are taken from the award-winning "New Internationalist" magazine - 40,000 UK subsribers. It includes unusual, hard to find facts and figures. The previously published titles in this series include - "Diamonds", "Kalashnikov", and "Mosquito".