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Written by Susan Mull

Think of an origami condom. Go on, close your eyes. Next, these condoms have folds that allow for (deep breath) friction! F-R-I-C-T-I-O-N! Are we all smiling? We, as humans, are sexual beings and seeking intense pleasure during the sexual act is part of our make-up. This condom has a roomy tip and is lubricated within. What is the point? We all know that if we get people to actually use condoms, to use them more, to commit to having safe sex, then we are preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. HIV is 100% preventable. Condoms are cheap, easy to use, and totally effective when used properly. Is it sexy to use condoms? Do people look forward to having sex if they know a condom is to be utilized? The sensations hoped for during sex are not always what is hoped for when condoms are used.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have sent out a design challenge for a different construct, a “Next Generation Condom.” Danny Resnic has already designed the origami condom and this is extremely notable because he became HIV-positive as the result of a broken condom. He is developing this male condom, a new female condom and the first-ever anal condom. We at the Campaign To End AIDS are looking at research and personal stories like this and striving to share all this information with politicians, health care specialists, our allies who are HIV-negative, our families, and friends who want to know how to help us end AIDS. We can all make so many salient points when we talk about sex! Let’s keep talking and just in case you are one of those folks who thinks you never liked physics (you know I’m talking about friction), well, think again! Take up our challenge, talk about sex, talk about these new condoms, help us save lives, and pass on this good news about origami condoms. We can end AIDS together.

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