The face of Bill Gates probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about sex.
The Microsoft founder wants to build a better condom.
The current model has been in use for about 400 years.
If you come up with the winning idea , you’ll be paid $100,000.
The Gates Foundation is looking for a snazzier condom – without the latex.
It should have new materials and product design that enhance sensation, and make the condom less of a mood killer. The ultimate goal, however, is to reduce the transmission of HIV.
The idea is to eliminate the “trade-off that many men find unacceptable.”
“Male condoms are cheap, easy to manufacture, easy to distribute, and available globally, including in resource-poor settings, through numerous well-developed distribution channels,” the Gates Foundation said in a news release.
The hope is to get the condoms to market as quickly as possible.
“Large-scale human clinical trials are not required,” the foundation said. “Manufacturing capacity, marketing, and distribution channels are already in place.”