Researchers are fast at work on a condom that would not only enhance sexual pleasure, but would have specific anti-HIV properties exceeding the simple barrier effect. A group of scientists at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy was one of 54 that received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a very low-cost, latex-free condom.

The condom in development is made of a polymer called hydrogel, which is strong and elastic. The material is made primarily of water and is already used to make contact lenses, as well as for other medical purposes.

Researchers intend to enmesh into the condom a plant-based antioxidant that has been shown to combat HIV. This antioxidant is also a stimulant that can enhance sexual pleasure and help men maintain an erection.

To read a press release on the condom, click here.