Gates Foundation puts out call to make better condoms


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to see the stigma surrounding condom use disappear. The foundation is offering grants to researchers with promising plans to create the “next generation condom,” however its biggest issue with the contraceptive is simply that many men won’t use them because of decreased sensitivity. The foundation’s proposal notes, “The primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decrease pleasure… creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable.”

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The foundation’s intent is to broadly improve safety against sexually transmitted infections by quelling social stigmas around condom use, but the proposal’s guidelines don’t take into account the…

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