Could there be a condom that men will want to use?
Birth control in America has long been about protecting yourself and thus, falls upon the female part of the relationship to be responsible.
In an informal poll of twenty somethings via Facebook, I asked who is responsible for safe sex- the male or female? Answers were clearly skewed on the female responsibility. But, the argument on the male side was that "sex with condoms just doesn't feel as good," hence, the opposition to males wearing condoms and the need for a better condom.
But, safe sex isn't just about preventing unwanted pregnancies. Since the eighties, there has been an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
The 'Next Generation' Condom
Philanthropist, Bill Gates has a new offer of $100,000 to someone who can make a better condom.
This offer of $100K is in search of a better condom that is inexpensive, easy to use and of course, one that men will want to don on their own johnson's. From the Gates website:
"We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply. In addition, attributes that address and overcome cultural barriers are also desired. Proposals must (i) have a testable hypothesis, (ii) include an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated, and (iii) yield interpretable and unambiguous data in Phase I, in order to be considered for Phase II funding."
The next step? It's reported that "sexperts" will be signing up for condom comparison use later this year.
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