A team of scientists at Texas A&M have developed a new latex-free vegan condom made from hydrogel—a water-based material already used in contact lenses and diapers—that has the potential to stop the global HIV epidemic. Lined with a plant-based antioxidant that kills HIV, the “super condom” was created as part of an effort to find an affordable way to combat the spread of the deadly virus that affects nearly 37 million people around the world. Led by head researcher Mahua Choudhry (a recipient of the “Grand Challenge in Global Health” grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), the team says aside from the massive implications their invention could have on the world of public health, the addition of a stimulating antioxidant will further the condom’s market appeal. “The antioxidant will enhance neurotransmitters which will work with nerve endings, giving greater sexual pleasure,” Choudhry said. The product is expected to be ready for market by next year at a $1 price point.
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