Bill Gates Offers $100K to Design a Better Condom
Foundation hopes to combat STIs with more pleasurable experiences
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
Bill Gates wants to see a better condom.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – Bill Gates is on a mission to make safe sex better. Gates' foundation is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can come up with a plan for making a more pleasurable condom that more men will actually want to use, NBC News reports. Condoms are cheap and effective, the foundation said in a statement, but they also decrease pleasure for men. "Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure?" it asks.

To snag the cash, applicants will have to come up with a proposal for a "Next Generation Condom," or technologies that might help in such a thing. From there, they'll have to show a clear testable hypothesis and data to move on to potential Phase II funding—which could net them as much as $1 million. The hope is that more widely used condoms could reduce the spread of AIDS in places like Africa; the new designs must be inexpensive enough to work in "a developing world setting."

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Mar 26, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
But I thought Gates was married.
Mar 26, 2013 1:54 AM CDT
I would like to volunteer to be a test subject, but they have to provide a different woman for each different model of condom. I want to increase the number of notches on the bedpost. I will probably also eat these beautiful ladies out just to check and see if the flavor changes from the condom being inserted into the vagina. Mmmmm, mmmmm!
Mar 25, 2013 11:21 PM CDT
Jay Leno asked: "Would anyone buy this if it had these 2 words - "micro" and "soft?" He hoped it would do more to prevent viruses than Windows!