Bill Gates wants to build a better condom

Posted at 12:37 PM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-27 12:37:24-04

The face of Bill Gates probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about sex.

Until now.

The Microsoft founder wants to build a better condom.

The current model has been in use for about 400 years.

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Bill Gates wants the world to have a better condom.

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.”