Condoms are one of the best ways to prevent the transmission of diseases such as AIDS and are also one of the ways to prevent pregnancy. However, there is a small chance of disease transmission. Researchers and researchers have announced the production of a new generation of condoms, which will reduce the probability of transmission of diseases to almost zero percent.
Despite the rapid technological advances, the field of sexual health has not yet experienced a significant transformation due to being deprived of stable research budgets and has not been able to offer products that fit the times.
Latex condoms, which are available in the same classic form in most countries of the world, are still the most important tools available to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Most of the funds allocated for innovation and research in this field are charitable and private funds. In 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded 100,000 dollars to 11 teams that presented innovative projects in the “Next Generation of Condoms” project. The presented designs covered a wide spectrum: from “one-size-fits-all condom” to a device that can cover the condom with “one movement” without interrupting sexual intercourse.
The goal of innovators in the field of sexual health is to facilitate and accelerate things like any other field; Provide products that are easier to use, less hassle and more effective. With a little more investment and paving the way for researchers and scientists, it is possible to produce products that not only replace condoms, but more intelligently fight the spread of viruses and diseases.
The possibility of eradicating AIDS by 2030
The Gates Foundation said about this project: “Condoms around the world save many lives by preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and help balance the population on earth by preventing unwanted pregnancies, but since their effectiveness requires correct and continuous use. It’s men and women, we have to think of new solutions.”
The problem is that most of these innovations must be approved by the US Federal Drug Administration in order to reach the market.FDA) receive; An exhausting process that sometimes lasts up to a decade. The budgets they need are large numbers that are not easily available. Governments are tight-fisted in this area, and yet some innovators are still working hard.
Innovation in the way of dealing with sexually transmitted diseases
“Motherbird” magazine reported that Patrick Kaiser from the “Northwestern” University of America is developing a condom that acts as a “mucous membrane” of the skin and thus is more generous in transferring sensation between bodies than regular condoms.
According to Motherboard, a team of researchers is developing rings that are inserted into women’s vaginas and, in addition to pregnancy control, they secrete a medicine that treats HIV and AIDS. This ring contains the drug “tenofovir”, a drug that HIV patients must take every day to prevent its spread and reduce its risk.
This project wants to help women in developing countries to participate in the treatment of HIV and AIDS in addition to pregnancy prevention. This plan is awaiting approval from the US Federal Drug Administration.
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Another project that received a million dollar financial support from the Gates Foundation is trying to make a condom that has a layer of “graphene”. This layer can be heated and reach body temperature and act as a drug delivery system to the body.
The designers of this project in “Lifecare” company.Lifecare) are also working on the development of a “degradable” condom that does not have an unpleasant smell like regular latex condoms and is compatible with antiviral drugs and other contraceptive methods. Latex condoms take a long time to decompose, which is why environmentalists are believed to be willing to pay more to buy biodegradable condoms.
With the financial support of the Gates Foundation, the “Kimbranox” company is going to produce a device that covers the condom on men’s penis with just one movement and without the need to interrupt sex. This device called “Rapidome”Rapidom) is responsible for opening and covering the condom. Many men say that the difficulties of this process make them stop wearing condoms.
But the problem is that this same company, which is based in South Africa and wants to fight the spread of HIV, in a campaign crowdfunding It has received only $800 in sponsorship. To develop a new generation of condoms, many obstacles must be overcome. Trying to convince governments to invest more in this area is one way that responsible citizens can take.
Source: Health News