A new contraception product will soon be released to the market and is slated to be a game changer in the fight against HIV.
Referred to as the “super condom,” the product was designed by a team with members coming from the Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and is reported to hit the market next year.
The new product has anti-HIV properties that make it safer than traditional condoms. Scientists revealed that it contains an embedded anti-oxidant that can help fight HIV.
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“We are not only making a novel material for condoms to prevent the HIV infection, but we are also aiming to eradicate this infection if possible,” said Dr. Mahua Choudhury, the head researcher of the project.
Choudhury is one of the awardees of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who awarded 54 people for its “Grand Challenge in Global Health” grants. The purpose of the grants is to help and support recipients in developing affordable and latex-free condoms that can fight HIV.
The super condom is also made out of hydrogel, which is a strong and elastic polymer that is already used to make other medical products like contact lenses. This component prevents the contraceptive from tearing even during heavy sexual activity.
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In addition to its HIV-fighting attributes, the super condom reportedly improves sexual pleasure. For many years, people who choose not to use condoms have claimed that it’s mostly because it diminishes the sensation and pleasure of sex.
While there are different types of condoms to satisfy certain needs, some of them do not actually make sexual intercourse more enjoyable.
Fortunately, the super condom aspires to fix that, claimed its researchers. The antioxidant found in the condom will reportedly enhance neurotransmitters, which are responsible for the sensations that people feel.
More sensitive neurotransmitters will help improve sexual pleasure between couples.
“The antioxidant will enhance neurotransmitters which will work with nerve endings, giving greater sexual pleasure,” Choudhury added.
Those same antioxidant substances would block HIV virus from entering the body, as well as prevent the virus from replicating itself. This means that the contraceptive would not only work as a barrier against the HIV virus, but it would also help negate the possible effects of the virus.
The super condom, which is expected to make its debut in 2016, will sell at around $1 each.
Even before its release in the market, Choudhury said that there are several companies that have already expressed their interest in working with them.
Aside from helping Choudhury and his super condom team, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also supports the development of GEldom, hydrogel condoms that are said to feel like skin. They are currently being developed at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
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Based on research, there are 36.9 million people who are infected with HIV, while two million people are suffering from AIDS. Out of the 37 million suffering from HIV, more than two million are children ages 15 and below.
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It is also important to note that almost half of these 37 million, or about 17.1 million, do not know that they have the virus.
A few weeks ago, Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen revealed on national television that he is HIV-positive, confirming previous rumors from insiders and other anonymous sources.
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NBA legend Magic Johnson then told the former Two and a Half Men actor to help in raising awareness in order to fight HIV to prevent people from acquiring it.
HIV cases in Europe have also reached an alarming level – 142,000 people – the highest reported level in the last 30 years.