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Pleasurable Condom Donning

Steve Strauss and colleagues at Ultimate Medical Products LLC in the U.S. will refine their condom applicator to promote the use of male condoms by enabling them to be put on more easily and rapidly. Most condoms are applied manually, which can be cumbersome and cause loss of arousal. The applicator they have designed is a simple, inexpensive, and disposable device that can be incorporated into regular condom packaging. It is quick and easy to use, can be applied with one hand, and ensures the condom is correctly fitted to prevent STD transmission and unwanted pregnancy. The applicator design will be optimized, and 36 couples will be recruited to home-test it and evaluate performance compared to conventional condoms.

More information about Develop the Next Generation of Condom (Round 12)

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