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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 thurston2 on 3/25/2013 6:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have no problem with people using condoms or birth control. But they better damn well pay for them.

Yes, because it's much cheaper to pay for unwanted children than it is to provide free birth control. Fucking idiot.

RE: How about you start by...
By ebakke on 3/25/2013 8:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
Logical fallacy. I don't have to pick one or the other. Don't pay for either for someone else!

RE: How about you start by...
By thurston2 on 3/25/2013 9:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you do have to chose one or the other civilized society does not let babies starve to death.

RE: How about you start by...
By ebakke on 3/25/2013 11:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently they also don't expect individuals to provide food for their own kids. Or at least you don't expect people to.

You might be surprised how much humans can accomplish when you stop making excuses for them.

RE: How about you start by...
By thurston2 on 3/25/2013 11:37:57 PM , Rating: 1
I expect people to provide for their own children but the reality is that some people are pieces of shit and don't care enough about their children to provide what they need.

RE: How about you start by...
By ebakke on 3/25/2013 11:49:59 PM , Rating: 3
No amount of "free" money or "free" stuff will make those individuals become better people, or turn them into caring parents. All it does is encourage more crappy behavior.

RE: How about you start by...
By Skywalker123 on 3/26/2013 7:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
Does'nt matter, the kids are still gonna have to be fed and cared for.

RE: How about you start by...
By ebakke on 3/27/2013 10:25:21 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't say kids shouldn't be fed or cared for. I said I shouldn't have to feed and care for your (or anyone else's) kids. It's really that simple.

RE: How about you start by...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2013 8:45:28 PM , Rating: 1
The problem I have with this premise is that we're to assume people get pregnant because they don't have access to birth control.

To which I will respond in a very calm and mature manner with...ummm.. BULLSHIT!

Also the birth rate in America and Europe right now, as well as other nations, are at 50 year lows currently. Just a fact, interpret that as you will.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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