A condom, represented by an image of a foil packet.

Originally conceived as part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the need for safe sex education amongst young people, the application for an official condom emoji was submitted to Unicode on World AIDS Day 2015 (1st December) by leading sexual wellbeing brand Durex.

The movement for the creation of an official condom emoji saw outstanding public support through 2015 and 2016, with the hashtag trending globally on Facebook and Twitter, and supporters from over 160 countries backing the campaign. The campaign has also received the support of the International Planned Parenthood Association (IPPF). The rationale for the campaign was supported by research conducted by the University of Durham Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities which highlighted the need to empower young people globally to talk about safe sex and identified the condom emoji as a means to achieve this.

Despite the strong support, the condom application was rejected by Unicode in summer 2016. Campaigning in favor of establishing a safer sex emoji continued and saw overwhelmingly popular backing for the World AIDS Day campaign 2016, when the Umbrella With Raindrops emoji was declared unofficial safe sex emoji following a global vote.

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Also Known As

  • Durex
  • Rubber
  • Safe Sex

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