A team of researchers, which included an Indian-American professor, has developed a new “super condom,” that is both anti-HIV and more sexually pleasurable than traditional ones.
According to scientists from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the new contraceptive will be lined with a hydrogel-based product (hydrogel being a water-based gel, generally used in healing cuts), which kills the HIV-virus in the event of a condom breakage, the Independent reported.
The condom will also feature an antioxidant to enhance sexual pleasure.
“People say they don’t want to use condoms because it doesn’t have the same sexual pleasure,” Mahua Choudhery, head researcher on the project, adding that “The anti-oxidant [in the condom] will enhance neurotransmitters which will work with nerve endings, giving greater sexual pleasure. If the HIV virus gets into the product, the condom will block it, prevent it replicating, and prevent entry [from the body].”
The condom is expected to go on sale next year.