Bill Gates Offers $100K to Design a Better Condom

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