Scientists discover dissolvable condoms to prevent STDs!
- Dec 11, 2012, 20:24 PM IST
Not a condom fan? Don’t worry as the solution to all your troubles is now in the making- a dissolvable condom!
A team of scientists from the University of Washington are working on a type of dissolvable fabric that could be used by women both for contraception and HIV protection.
The researchers began by mixing dissolved polymers, and HIV fighting drugs together to make a solution which was put into a syringe. The solution was ejected onto a collecting plate-- stretched into thin fibers which was then converted to a stretchy fabric, a process known as Electrospinning.
The fabric as a female condom not only blocks the sperm but also releases the STD fighting drugs inside the vagina. It can be made to dissolve over a few minutes or could be made to do so over the course of a few days.
The researchers received a sum of USD 1 million to further develop the technology.
They plan on getting an Electrospinning machine to make a lot of fabric, and then testing different combinations of STD drugs and contraceptives. The best combination will go into the final version of the fabric.
This technique could revolutionize the use of condoms worldwide and this time they won’t be coming between your love-making anymore!
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