The research at the University of Washington was funded by the Gates Foundation and if this comes around, condoms will never be the same. This is definitely tech condom in design for sure. It has to do with the fibers used to create it and one fabrics dissolves within a few minutes while another fabric dissolves slowly over a few days. The secondary dissolve process is part of the HIV protection. Electrospun fibers deliver the drug agents when it dissolves. This is a pretty fascinating concept and a complex condom and this combines the best of both worlds it sounds like with drugs and a device. BD
A new, more discreet condom protects from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and dissolves after use.
The micro fibers allow for a more appealing family planning and STD prevention option. This modern condom, which dissolves during use, also delivers viral and pregnancy preventative drugs. According to the study, "We show that electrospun fibers deliver agents that inhibit both HIV and sperm in vitro in addition to physically preventing sperm penetration.
The hope is that this more powerful condom is, at the same time, more discreet. It doesn’t really matter how effective a condom is if people don’t use it. CDC estimates a reported 49 percent of pregnancies in the United States were unintended in 2006, a slight increase from 48 percent in 2001.
The dissolving condom could also have an impact on STDs, especially HIV. In the U.S., approximately 50,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year.