No one looks at the owner of Microsoft and thinks about sex…well maybe his wife. But, he’s got sex on his mind and how it’s affecting the mortality rates and medical status of people around the world.
Bill Gates is looking to invest in a condom that will not only fit every man effectively and comfortably, but also gives a pleasurable experience rather than a dull, forgettable moment that deters men from opting to use them. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting their money where their mouth is and offering $100,000 to anyone who can come up with the condom that will enhance the sexual experience enough to get men and women to use them, according to NBC.
The Gates’ gave a statement saying:
“The primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable, particularly given that the decisions about use must be made just prior to intercourse.”
The world has such alarming AIDS/HIV rates throughout black communities specifically, that he’s sure that the condoms available are not enhancing the experience enough to make men and women want to save their own lives and prevent unwanted, unplanned pregnancies. They’re also looking for a product that erases the stigma that comes with it.
“We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use. Additional concepts that might increase uptake include attributes that increase ease-of-use for male and female condoms, for example better packaging or designs that are easier to properly apply,” the Foundation says in an invitation on its Grand Challenges website.
If you have a good idea, give it up! Doesn’t seem that you need to be a rocket scientist for this one. Just have a good idea that can be marketed and enjoyed.
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