Men are idiots. Hence the common chorus of "but using a condom doesn't feel good." (The fact that having AIDS and/or babies feels much worse seems to have escaped these folks.) To be fair: The condom is still fairly primitive; the use of latex was the last major innovation (sorry, Trojan, your "fire and ice" condoms are weird and don't count), and that was decades ago. This is 2013! We are developing invisibility cloaks! We have cars that drive themselves! We have a giant telescope that can see into the past! There have been attempts to modernize the condom, but none have gone into wide production. And that means our best tool to fight the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases basically the finger of a rubber glove.
As a product, the condom is almost exclusively great. Cheap, easily transported, sturdy, effective when used properly, widely available, easy to use, intuitive, requiring no particular medical knowledge or even advice, which can save literally millions of lives. But if nobody wants to use them, none of that matters.
And so the Gates Foundation has established a proposal: come up with a truly next-generation condom. That means a condom that's more enticing to use--it could preserve or even enhance pleasure, make it easier to use, have more appetizing packaging, or anything else that will get people to actually want to use condoms. The prize is $100,000, offered through the Grand Challenges in Global Health program. Read about it here.
Or, stop shagging around with people you don't trust and develop the male pill in order to level the playing ground (so to speak).
Until there's a cure for STD's we'll have to employ some kind of barrier and no matter how advanced that barrier is you'll never be able to retain the feeling of going natural!
PS. I'm so glad Robot's gone!
Graphene condemn. I'll take my $100,000 dollars now Mr. Gates.
Seriously though I wonder how well that would work. It'd be expensive to produce as there is not an efficient way to mass produce graphene.
On the plus side the atom thick barrier should help with the feel. Plus the heat transfer properties of graphene might help with the pleasurability.
In many parts of the world, rape and sexual abuse is not considered wrong, or illegal, let alone worrying about a condom to prevent pregnancy or disease.
Perhaps just encouraging and making masturbation socially acceptable will help the most of these problems.
Besides, how often are men plague with madness\idiocy decision making during times of passion, then after the deed, their calm logic returns.
Hey guy, go to your private room and 'get over it', save yourself and the world a lot of problems too.
It's too bad you just can't tell them your idea and they make it happen. I got all kinds of great ideas, just no way of making it happen. :(
It was bound to happen with a foundation whose "endowment" comes from a company synonymous with "small" and "flabby."
"... our best tool to fight the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases basically the finger of a rubber glove."
Actually, our best tool is for males to avoid anal intercourse, but I understand why you can't mention that.
Making masturbation socially acceptable will reduce disease. If you do not touch the other person, you will not catch their problems. Hello?!
So condoms are the cure for humanities evil nature? I'm sure if you make a good condom that people will remember to use them before they rape and pillage a village.....
Look Moms and Pops, if you son knew and felt in advance of his date, that somewhere in the night when his passion is peaking and she says no to his pushy advance, it's ok to go home and in the dark of night of his bedroom, he can relieve his tension with no consequence.
Then later in life as this young man is and older man, this choice still remains and does not venture off to the dark side of rape, porn and child molestation, etc.
Grown men in their private home, can relieve their own stress and with no consequence to themselves or the world around them.
People need to stop acting like sex is a bad thing. Parents don't talk to there kids about it, kids are too embarrassed to ask questions about it and this is where some of the problems stem from. I knew adults that didn't know how to properly use a condom. Adults that don't know anything about std's. Some that don't know anything about how there own bodies work. It's pretty sad.
Prostitution should be legal. I think the amount of sex crimes would drop. If two consenting adults want to have sex, whether it's for love or money it should be o.k. Plus, ugly people need sex too. :)-
One word: Vasalgel. One quick shot and men are infertile for 10 years, and can reverse it whenever they want. Won't protect against STDs, but if everyone takes the hour or so to get it done then the number of unwanted babies would absolutely plummet.
And Anylcon, it goes so much further than just rubbing one out. Masturbation doesn't do anything for the human connection, which is a huge part of sex... which is why I fully agree with Handthumb, sex in general should be more socially acceptable. Everyone (generally speaking) has sex, and everyone enjoys it, yet if you ever mention having sex among anyone but close friends you get socially shamed for it. Why?
Yes, sex is natural and the desire and a lot more social and sexual education needs to be made aware to the public.
"...Prostitution should be legal..." I find that an idiotic statement. What you just can't find the ability to take care of your own business, by yourself? But rather pay someone (who does not give a dam about you). Grow a personality so the person likes you without the need to pay someone to be near you, lol.
Then make love, not sex, responsibly with the maturity for all the consequences that might happen in prepared advance.
Or go home and just take care of business, by yourself, no consequence. Hey, you do not even have to pay anyone, lol, no harm, no foul, now go to sleep.
In this world, men hurt woman and children, I am just sick of it. In this world the harm men do to woman is often not thought of as wrong either. In this world, they abuse, sexually abused, not give education and make woman and children like slaves. (Often, men do not even feel or know they are doing wrong or it is not even illegal in their country?!?!)
These men just need to go home and take care of their business.
STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMAN AND CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh I could rant.... Take care. ;)
AIDS in Africa and most of the third world is a heterosexual disease. The third world I think is what Mr. and Mrs Gates are more concerned about. With antibiotic resistance growing, syphilis and gonorrhea are also becoming difficult to treat.
Many, I would think most of us, like to share our sexual experience with a loving partner. Solo performances might be great for musicians, but have only ever been a poor second best for me and most people.
So if somebody comes up with a better condom, I can only say great. There will always be premarital, extramarital, risky intercourse, but that should not mean a death or life debilitating sentence for those involved.
As African Rover points out, the Gates Foundation is concerned about the AIDS epidemic, primarily in Africa. 33 million people are infected, many of them women and children. Condoms are one of the best ways to prevent transmission but the Gates Foundation isn't putting all their efforts into condoms alone. They recognize that it is a multi-faceted problem. From their website:
"Our goal is to help...(develop)...programs that combine primary preventive interventions such as condoms, male circumcision, and targeted behavioral interventions."
Yup! Yup! Rubbers are fun and smart to use too!
Have fun, be safe, love the one your with! ;)
Do not have sex like an animal.... oye.
Elmer's glue right up the pee hole. you can just donate the check back to your foundation, i know I'm a great guy.
Condoms are a testimony to the rampant immaturity in today's society. The saving lives line is BS, condoms are meant to prevent conception and nothing else. To that end the use of condoms is immoral and irresponsible, sexual intercourse is about reproduction not satisfaction. It is the physical union between a man and a woman. If you want satisfaction grab a d*** Snickers bar, otherwise grow a spine and straighten it - you'll need it for when you do have a kid.
SNICKERS. Cheap, clean, easy to use, appetizing, and available in a store near you. I'll take my finder's fee now Mr. Gates.
Nooneyouknow. You think that using condoms is immature? Using a condom is being a responsible adult. Sexual intercourse has evolved over thousands of years and has become more than just for reproduction. Everyone needs to put the bible down and use a little common sense here. People have evolved, the bible hasn't. The bible is just some words put on paper....by who? MEN. I think the problem is, all of the bible thumpers have all this pent up anxiety from not having sex. Go get you some and let us know how you feel. Disclaimer, I am not a biblethumper: but I do believe in a higher being. Just not the way you think. :)
A very targeted approach. I see this as a printing problem. Printing surface inks to produce textures that are silky and more like real skin. The other is the most convenient disposable test tube. Printing on condoms the tests for HIV, Herpes, and other STD’s can reduce disease. If exposure is indicated then antiviral treatment is started the day of exposure to prevent transmission. Standard STD test could be printed inside and outside of the condom protecting both parties. Perhaps even special condoms to test for diabetes, and cancer from the random pack.
And of course the ovulation detecting IUD changing RFID tags when ovulating. A key chain like devise scans the RFID tag to detect ovulation or an STD exposure. If an STD exposure is detected it sends a blue tooth signal to her cell phone to call her, her doctor, the pharmacist, and the CDC. She is then put on treatment to prevent transmission. A virus must still reach a high enough level in the body to infect someone but if it cannot no infection.
Oh, and don’t forget the fortune cookie condoms. Temperature inks make your fortune readable.
Need a condom that meters performance. :) Tells you how good your doing while your doing it! Lol
Of course, you are brilliant, It could give you a stat card: length, girth, duration, and even detect her climax from heat patterns. Simply inks printed on condoms create the ultimate love doctor. Take that and smoke it Dr. Ruth.
The perfect prophylactic device was already invented around 100 years ago. It's called the zipper. And when used properly, it is very effective.
What if instead of condoms I come up with a machine that will allow two users to make replicas of their genitalia and then link those two replicas to a program that measures movement and then allow people to simulate a sexual encounter with each other without ever having to touch their partner. If you need me I'll be in my science closet making a prototype copy of my genitalia.
Condoms are a great tool. I say tool because being a member of a society that puts sex out there, it is hard to go without it. Human beings use to wait more till mariage, although have not always followed this, more easly becoue we were married younger and lived shorter lives, and did not have temptation everywhere. Personally i lost my virginity at 19, which is considered late. I tried to wait, but it was inevtiable in todays society and once you have it , you want it that much more. Being much older no, i have always used condoms if it was just "sex" , which was when i was younger, and intill at least 6 months into a relation ship , where we both were tested. Two things make condom use hard. The first is that it clearly is more enjoyable on both sides, you can be more in touch not just with your needs but your partners, and the just how much better sex is with love. Passion makes it so much better , but can be easly killed with the whole let me get the stop and get the condom thing. Passion is a in the heat of the moment kind of thing. Even a min of stoping can change heart rate and mood and take the passion away. I have never feared getting someone i loved pregnant, although thankfully i have not , becouse i am single now, but the pull out meathod works alot of the time for that , and if a accident happened , im ok with that. If everyone used condoms for meaningless sex, and got tested as a couple before not using condoms, there would be a huge cut in stds, which is the biggest problem. Society also needs to find a way to bring back the "If it is broken you fix it" mentality, becouse there will be bad times in every relationship, that can extend for even up to a year, but if there was love once , it can come again. Both people have to be willing to work on it. Divorce should not be a easy option , inless there is physical violence, and or , severe mental viloence. A arguing couple, with high tempers , even one person , is not enough , it needs to be at the higher end of the scale to cause divorce becouse some people get loud when there upset and if the problems are fixed may never get loud again. I say this being the one that wasnt loud but willing to take the verbal abuse when things got bad. End of rant!
tmarti69, that's why we have sperm banks.
maybe a box of condoms that says hiv death rates when it hears moaning sounds.
how bout 3-d printed condoms?
p.s where is Robot,i miss him
Next gen condoms should consist of "color technology" that can let the user know if the condom is under extreme stress of breaking apart while in use. Basically a change in color will let the user know when or if to change the condom for extreme protection! For example; a condom that has the technology to detect when or if the condom is in danger of breaking should be the next gen condoms. The condom is initially green in "color" but than turns into a red "color" - to alert the user it's time to change the condom! It's just a random idea which I found pretty interesting & unique. You don't want to over do condoms with nonsense. The condoms need to be simple and ultimately helpful if your looking at the next gen condoms. So therefore, I believe this would be a awesome idea! What's you take on this? - victor
drill a hole in a dildo and rubber line it there you go more pleasure and stops stds