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The Quest for the Next High-Tech Condom


One of the main reasons guys dislike using condoms— decreased pleasure—could be solved thanks to (get ready for this) Bill Gates.

That’s right, the tech guru and philanthropist is challenging someone to come up with a rubber that still protects against STIs yet maintains or even increases pleasure. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 grant, with the possibility of $1 million, to anyone who can successfully tackle the challenge.

While it would be sweet to think that Gates was most concerned with enhancing our between-the-sheets sessions, there is a larger goal here: to diminish the prevalence of HIV. The foundation has found that the main deterrent to wrapping it up is not a lack of resources but rather a lack of incentive.

Given that the little rubbers have the power to prevent STIs, HIV, and pregnancy and have no associated adverse events (which is more than any other form of BC can boast), what's not to love?

Cultural stigma and decreased pleasure and intimacy are the main reasons people forgo love gloves, the foundation says. "The primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable, particularly given that the decisions about use must be made just prior to intercourse," reads a post on the foundation's blog "Inpatient Optimists."

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But ladies, don't point the finger at men: Women are also loose with their condom use, as reported in a study from Stanford Medical Center last year that found that women have a tendency to stop condom use once they start hormonal contraceptives.

Aside from the related worldwide health risks, the condom is also long overdue for an upgrade. In the past 50 years, we've seen multitudes of technological advancements, but besides implementing latex and allowing for individual product testing, condoms have hardly changed, the foundation points out.

We'd say it's time to revamp the rubber. And stat.

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