A team of researchers out of Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center have developed a new entirely vegan condom made from hydrogel, a water-based material used in contact lenses and to heal cuts. The latext-free condom is lined with a plant-based antioxidant that kills HIV.
Although the condom was designed specifically to help combat the spread of the HIV virus, which affects nearly 40 million people around the globe, the condom’s lining also acts as a sexual stimulant.
“The antioxidant will enhance neurotransmitters which will work with nerve endings, giving greater sexual pleasure,” says lead researcher Mahua Choudhry said, who is a recipient of the Grand Challenge in Global Health grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The condom is expected to be ready for market by next year, with an expected price of $1 per condom.