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$100,000

The amount that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is putting up for a contest to invent a better condom. The idea is that if technological improvements were made so that condoms are more pleasurable and easier to properly apply, perhaps people would use them more regularly and stop the spread of AIDS/HIV. The Gates Foundation's Stephen Ward points to the Origami condom (pictured here) as one innovative idea. The Origami is "the first non-rolled, injection-molded, engineered, silicone condom intended to facilitate a pleasurable and safe sexual experience for the male wearer and his female partner,'' according to the California company developing it. "Easy donning method slides the condom onto the penis in 2.8 seconds.'' The condom's design aims to simulate for the man the feeling of sex without a condom by providing "a reciprocating motion of the penis inside the internally lubricated condom.'' (The Origami condom has not yet been approved for use in the U.S.) The Gates contest is open to anyone who can come up with a game-changing condom design in two pages by May 7. While the startup grant is $100,000, it could lead to $1 million in additional funding, the Gates Foundation says. — tbt*

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$100,000 03/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:23pm]
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