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Gates looks to get a rise out of the traditional condom industry

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is offering quite a challenge to brilliant minds everywhere: create a condom that men prefer to use over no condom. 

On Gates' "Impatient Optimists" website for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a blog post describes how condoms are effective at preventing the spread of HIV and unintended pregnancy, but most people don't want to use them. Why? Mainly because it hinders the sexual experience. 

The blog post was written by Papa Salif Sow, a senior program officer in HIV Prevention at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Stephen Ward, a program officer for Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

"It may seem obvious, but the success and impact of any public health tool hinges on that tool being used consistently and correctly by those who need it," said the blog post. "Vaccines sitting on shelves don’t prevent disease.  New tuberculosis drug regimens won’t help if patients stop taking them halfway through the necessary days.  Likewise, the potential value of condoms is limited by inconsistent use."

It mentions that many other HIV preventative and contraceptive methods are in development, such as fast-dissolving vaginal films and combination vaginal rings. However, many of these alternatives are years from hitting store shelves either due to development issues, regulatory approval, etc.

We have a perfectly good solution already available: condoms. But Gates feels it is time to give the condom a much-needed update so that they're used more frequently. 

"What if we could develop a condom that would provide all the benefit of our current versions, without the drawbacks?" said the blog post. "Even better, what if we could develop one that was preferred to no condom?"

 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging scientists, entrepreneurs, etc. to partake in the Next Generation of Condoms, which is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations. 

Gates' Grand Challenges are always looking for an old idea to redesign and make into a more effective product. For example, last August, Gates awarded prizes to three teams at an event in Seattle, Washington called "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge." Scientists, inventors, designers and students enrolled in the challenge were asked that they create a toilet design that strays from the traditional flush toilet. 

If you've got an idea that will encourage "wrapping" it while making men still want to "tap" it, then submit your ideas to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation here.

Source: Impatient Optimists



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RE: How about you start by...
By ppardee on 3/25/2013 5:31:52 PM , Rating: 3
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faith
"confidence or trust in a person or thing"

I cannot say with 100% certainty that God exists. But I can say that prayer works and the principles in the Bible are accurate based on my experience. Based on this, I can infer that God exists in the same way astronomers can tell that planets orbit distant stars. I can see His effect in my life.

How many atheists do you discuss religion with on a weekly basis? Easily 90% of them will state outright and with strong conviction that God is fictitious, not that they have no proof that He exists. They will evangelize their faith without end and ridicule others for their belief.

The truth is that EVERYTHING prior to human existence is speculation. History has shown that science is quite fallible and strongly held beliefs in the scientific community have been turn on their heads through the years.

How can one say "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "What you're saying is absolutely wrong, but I can't prove it." at the same time? ESPECIALLY at a time where we KNOW our models of the universe are fundamentally flawed since they cannot exist in the same reality without funky string theory dances!

It is intellectual snobbery and is rampant in the atheist community.


RE: How about you start by...
By Cargan Ricman on 3/25/2013 5:48:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I cannot say with 100% certainty that God exists. But I can say that prayer works and the principles in the Bible are accurate based on my experience.


I'm curious, what exactly in your personal experience has led you to believe that prayer actually works?


RE: How about you start by...
By Cargan Ricman on 3/25/2013 6:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
How can one say "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "What you're saying is absolutely wrong, but I can't prove it." at the same time?


If I am not mistaken, Atheists aren't saying this. Rather what they're saying is "I accept the fact that what I know about the fundamentals of the universe could be wrong." and "As a result, if you have any evidence which proves that my current understanding about the universe is wrong then I would be glad to see it and change my mind."


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