Skip to comments.Bill Gates to Spend $100,000 to Build a Better Condom
Posted on 03/25/2013 1:15:48 PM PDT by Morgana
Bill Gates is offering $1 million to the inventor that can build a better condom.
From the FNN story:
Philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is offering start-up funds of $100,000 to anyone who can come up with the next-generation condom, according to Grand Challenges in Global Health. The Round 11 of Grand Challenges Explorations initiative through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is aimed at improving the lives of the worlds poorest people and a new, innovative condom could do just that. The condom must be effective at lowering the chance of transmitting sexually transmitted diseases, and offer incentive for men and women to use it.
If chosen, the Foun
dation would continue to fund the condom up to $1 million. To overcome persistent health and development problems, we need new, game-changing ideas, Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Science at the Foundation, said in a press release. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and we are hopeful that this new round of Grand Challenges Explorations will uncover innovative approaches to improve lives around the world. According to the press release, the new condom will preserve or enhance the pleasure so as to increase uptake and also promote its regular use.
I still believe that relying on the condom as the primary diseases inhibitor works at cross purposes with the goal of better public health outcomes. It is like telling people they really dont have to stop smoking, just use a filter or a water pipe to reduce disease.
If we want to spread the devastating HIV and STD epidemics, telling people that they can have an exuberant sex life and safety too seems less wise than trying to create a sense of sexual restraint and probity as both the cool and responsible approach. But issuing a clarion call for self control is disfavored because the international community disdains moralism and sees open sexuality as a liberty right. And yet, the ABC approach (abstinence, be monogamous, use condoms.) worked very well in Ugandaat least until they backed off from the A and B.
If you build a better condom will they beat a path to your door? I doubt it. The problem is that pushing enhanced sexual sensation in a condom also pushes more sex, and the only reliable answer to lowered rates of infection is less sex other than with an uninfected mutually monogamous partner.
But then, I am an old guy who believes that we have the capacity to control our hormones, if not because it is right, at least because it is best for our health.
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Secondhand Smoke.
That’s a lot of money to spend on just one condom.
I can hear Rush Limbaugh’s condom update song now...”up up and away in my beautiful balloon!”
We are so lucky to have an arrogant oligarch like Billy to look after us.
The last time I was in a pharmacy, there were about 30 different condoms.
Regular ones, ribbed ones, squiggly ones, colored, flavored, glow in the dark, etc.
What could possibly be next?
I hope it’s better than Windows ME
How about a lifelike rubber mask of Whoopi Goldberg, Maxine Waters,Rosie O’Donnell. Joy Behar ,or Michelle Obama.
Are you kidding me? I hope its better than Windows period!
Make no mistake, “Idiocracy” is here, today.
You see guys, this is what happens when someone is long on money and short on moral truth.
The best condom of all is your pants. Keep it in there, and you won’t have any problems. Where can I collect the money?
I always knew BillG is a dickhead.
Microsoft Trojan Enz
Someone should have told gates to use a condom....or maybe his parents....
We are so lucky aren’t we?! lol
He just gives me the creeps, always has and now, even moreso.
LOL. I hear that.
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Maybe he could make one that will go back in time to the day before he was conceived.
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