But writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford decided to track the condom’s historyApparently, in the early 1700s, butchers scored extra bank by selling the animal intestines thrown out by slaughterhouses as condoms (or "skins as they were called).
The law carried a minimum six-month prison sentence for violation.
Although health professionals at the time didn't completely understand STD transmission, sellers avoided discussing pregnancy prevention and began highlighting condoms' ability to prevent diseases instead.
According to writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford, "Over the next two years, around 380,000 American soldiers would be diagnosed with some form of VD, eventually costing the U.S. more than $50 million in treatment."
As a result, the condom business began to boom and coming out with exotically named brands like "Sheik" and "Salome" and masculine named brands like "Stags," "Knights" and the still-famous "Trojans rather than focusing on condoms' contraceptive abilities.