Bill Gates Wants More Pleasurable Condoms

Co.Exist reported on a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: create a better condom.

Gates Foundation program officer Stephen Ward told the site, “If we could make something better, we could have a really substantial effect on HIV prevention and unintended pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.”

The idea is that making a more enjoyable condom would encourage more people to use it, which could save and improve lives. Developing countries have less in the way of sex education, and misconceptions and cultural norms keep many people from having safer sex.

Got an idea? Here’s the two-page application. They’re accepting submissions until May 7.

There’s already stiff competition – one pitched idea is a ” very fine electrically spun fabric made of nanometer-sized polymer strands that dissolve to release sperm-blocking and anti-HIV drugs,” and another is a silicone injection-molded condom. The Foundation likes both ideas, but their FAQ indicates they’re willing to fund up to 80 good proposals.

Sign up for our free newsletter

Like this article? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you a regular digest of our newest stories, full of money saving tips and advice, free! We'll also email you a PDF of Stacy Johnson's "205 Ways to Save Money" as soon as you've subscribed. It's full of great tips that'll help you save a ton of extra cash. It doesn't cost a dime, so why wait? Click here to sign up now.

Check out our hottest deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,012 more deals!

Comments & discussion

We welcome your opinions, but let’s keep it civil. Like many businesses, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. In our case, that means those who communicate by name-calling, racism, using words designed to hurt others or generally acting like an uninformed bully. Also, comments that include links to email addresses or commercial websites typically aren't posted. This isn't a place to advertise your business.