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    This condom delivers an anti-HIV drug, prevents pregnancy, then disappears

    Sex often fuels the adoption of cutting-edge technology, even in the burgeoning field of nano-fabrication. Researchers at the University of Washington have just published a paper in PLoS One describing how they'll use "electrospinning" to create next-generation female condoms made from specially customized nano-fibers.

    According to a release about the study from University of Washington:
    Electrospinning uses an electric field to catapult a charged fluid jet through air to create very fine, nanometer-scale fibers. The fibers can be manipulated to control the material's solubility, strength and even geometry. Because of this versatility, fibers may be better at delivering medicine than existing technologies such as gels, tablets, or pills.
    Basically, the researchers' proposal is to spin ultra-thin female condoms woven out of cloth-like fibers and medicine. Above, you can see a magnified image of the resulting condom, complete with sperm who have tried to smash their way through it and failed miserably.


    The condoms can be woven out of medicines that prevent HIV infections, providing protection against disease while also stopping sperm in their tracks. The electrospun condoms can be designed to dissolve within minutes, or over a period of several days. Women can discreetly put them on before a sexual encounter either directly, or on a diaphragm or ring and protect against pregnancy, HIV, and potentially other sexually transmitted diseases as well.


    Write the researchers in their abstract:
    Multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) that simultaneously prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy are a global health priority. Combining chemical and physical barriers offers the greatest potential to design effective MPTs, but integrating both functional modalities into a single device has been challenging. Here we show that drug-eluting fiber meshes designed for topical drug delivery can function as a combination chemical and physical barrier MPT. Using FDA-approved polymers, we fabricated nanofiber meshes with tunable fiber size and controlled degradation kinetics that facilitate simultaneous release of multiple agents against HIV-1, HSV-2, and sperm. We observed that drug-loaded meshes inhibited HIV-1 infection in vitro and physically obstructed sperm penetration. Furthermore, we report on a previously unknown activity of glycerol monolaurate (GML) to potently inhibit sperm motility and viability. The application of drug-eluting nanofibers for HIV-1 prevention and sperm inhibition may serve as an innovative platform technology for drug delivery to the lower female reproductive tract.
    The researchers have just received a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the technology.


    Read the full scientific article at PLoS One


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    That is some crazy $#@!.
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    You don't need condoms for masturbation Dre, save your money for lube. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    You don't need condoms for masturbation Dre, save your money for lube. :P
    Hey now you can never be too safe lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Hey now you can never be too safe lmao
    Breaking news: Man gets himself pregnant from masturbation.

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    Just think what other types of drugs they can put in these condoms. Then you can get high and get laid at the same time. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Just think what other types of drugs they can put in these condoms. Then you can get high and get laid at the same time. lol
    That sounds like some hippie $#@! lmao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
    That sounds like some hippie $#@! lmao.
    Yep we could the Grateful Dead logo on them too. lol

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    Female condom huh..never seen one or even met a chic willing to use one. Sounds cool though. Will stick to wrapping myself for the shady encounters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Yep we could the Grateful Dead logo on them too. lol
    I smell money being made. Let's team up Rad.

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    I smell a pending lawsuit for not being included LMAO

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    All you gotta do is ask bro we could split the mula 3-way lmao.

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    This is the stuff that makes you feel like you suck at life. I can't believe these guys got a grant from BILL GATES. Da fuq

    Remember that i'm going to die is the best way I know to avoid trap of thinking you have something to lose, you're already naked, there's no reason not to follow your heart.

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    What is with you and Bill Gates? Goodness..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
    What is with you and Bill Gates? Goodness..lol
    He inspires me lol. He makes me feel pathetic too

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    Haven't they found a cure for HIV its about time they did, theres a cure for everything
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    silver is trying to be bill gates bottom $#@! lol

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    Silver be D riding Bill Gates lmao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
    I smell money being made. Let's team up Rad.
    Lets do it. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
    Silver be D riding Bill Gates lmao.
    Excuse me while i do my bill gate's dance on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Lets do it. lol
    Alright! lol
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    lmao get outta here with that Silvy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
    Alright! lol
    D will handle anything with lawsuits,you do accounting and I will get the word out.

    lmao get outta here with that Silvy!
    Nuff said.

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    Wtf..lmao this threads going places I'm just gonna stop.

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    I can give birth out of my urethra. Feels good man.


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