Most guys don’t like wearing condoms and sometimes there is a stigma that surrounds wearing it, because people complain that it reduces the pleasure experienced during sex. The University of Wollongong in Australia claims to have solved this problem with a high-tech condom.
The University was one of 52 universities that received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates’ Foundation in an attempt to remove the stigma that using condoms makes sex less enjoyable. With using its $100 000 grant, the University of Wollongong have developed a condom using hydrogel. Hydrogel is a flexible, but strong material (it looks very similar to latex) and it can be engineered to be self-lubricating and could even deliver Viagra to the person wearing it. Hydrogel not only prevents sperm from passing through it, it also provides a skin-like feel, a feature which the University hopes will encourage more people to use protection. The main aim of the research was to find a solution to how uncomfortable condoms are to some users, which then deters people from using protection which could lead to unplanned pregnancies and the transmitting of STDs.
Before this high-tech condom can be enjoyed by many it has to pass many biometric tests to ensure its effectiveness and safety. The University of Wollongong are partnering up with the Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne to help this new condom pass all the necessary testing and regulations.
Check out the video below for some more details: