Hydrogel Condom Releases Anti-HIV Antioxidants, Boosts Sexual Pleasure

Hydrogel condoms may soon become the rubber of the future capable of combating HIV, while also being easier and more pleasurable to use.In 2014, there were about 36.9 million people living with HIV and about two million newly diagnosed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). HIV, which leads to AIDS when untreated, is primarily spread through unprotected sex. And while antiretroviral therapy (ART) has helped to turn the once fatal condition into a chronic one, 1.2 million people still died from AIDS-related diseases last year.Its well known by now that condoms arent popular. Only about 5 percent of men worldwide use them, even though theyre 98 percent effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy and transmission of HIV, among other STDs. Dr. Mahua Choudhury, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, believes a shift to a non-latex condom would be more appealing to use while still protecting from the aforementioned STDs.Some people are allergic to latex, and others are just not comfortable with it. Therefore, we wanted to create a novel material, she said about the hydrogel condom in a press release.Choudhury is one of 54 applicants to be selected out of 1,700 to receive the Grand Challenge in Global Health Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds individuals worldwide in hopes of solving global health challenges. The interest in this round is a low-cost, latex-free condom.This is something the research team plans to observe during testing over the next several months. So dont throw away the latex condoms just yet guys; it could take years for this condom to hit shelves. After all, it would have to meet a set of standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as go through trials testing for slippage, breakage, and leakage, among other weaknesses. Until then, there are several effective alternatives to the latex condom that can keep you protected from STDs and unplanned pregnancy here. href='http://www.medicaldaily.com/hydrogel-condom-releases-anti-hiv-antioxidants-boosts-sexual-pleasure-363910' - http://www.medicaldaily.com/hydrogel-condom-releases-anti-hiv-antioxidants-boosts-sexual-pleasure-363910 -