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Dissolvable Condom to Fight HIV

Updated at: Dec 12, 2013
Written by: Subhasish DuttaPublished at: Dec 12, 2012
Dissolvable Condom to Fight HIV

Scientists have developed a female condom that can protect from HIV and pregnancy.

Dissolvable condom to fight HIV

Scientists have claimed to develop a revolutionary female condom that can prevent unwanted pregnancy and fight HIV as well by dissolving inside the body and releasing specific chemicals.


[Read: Types of Female Condoms]


The researchers based in the University of Washington developed the condom from tiny microfibers through a process called ‘electrospinning’.  

Besides blocking the sperm, this condom will also release a potent mix of anti-HIV drugs and hormonal contraceptives.

The condom, which is made up of extremely thin webs are designed to dissolve after use.


[Read: How Effective are Condoms against Pregnancy]


The team was sanctioned US$ 1 million to develop the technology, which uses an electric field to charge fluid through air to create fine, nanometre-sized fibres.


Kim Woodrow, assistant professor at the University of Washington said: “"Our dream is to create a product women can use to protect themselves from HIV and unintended pregnancy. We have the drugs to do that. It's really about delivering them in a way that makes them more potent, and allows a woman to want to use it.

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