Forget drugstores, now you can get condoms by mail

August 21, 1991|By New York Times News Service

WEST PALM BEACH FLA. — WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Born of society's discomfort with drugstore prophylactic purchases, the Condom of the Month Club has burst on the scene under the stewardship of Jeffrey Fessler and James Young.

"We're starting small and growing big," deadpans Mr. Fessler, 31, the boyish president of the 2-week-old company. "I want to be able to say that on the 'Oprah Winfrey' show. That's my goal. I loooove Oprah."

Condom crusaders Fessler and Young came up with the idea two years ago of mailing monthly supplies of condoms to subscribers' homes after being struck by the embarrassment people experience when buying them in stores. An annual $39.95 payment ensures monthly delivery of 10 condoms, including periodic "seasonally themed" condoms such as glow-in-the-dark for Halloween.

"We're not just sending condoms," says Mr. Fessler. "We're sending a lot more. We think of the condoms as the messengers for all this. This is how the whole problem with STDs [sexually transmitted diseases] will be solved -- through education."

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