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New self-lubricating condoms can reduce STIs and last 1,000 thrusts

New self-lubricating condoms can reduce STIs and last 1,000 thrusts

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Revolutionary self-lubricating condoms that reduce infection rates and last more than 1,000 thrusts are coming soon, according to scientists.

Without enough lubrication, friction can cause condoms to become ineffective. But these new latex condoms have a special, durable coating and become slippery upon touch.

It becomes even more slippery once it comes into contact with body fluid.

Scientists published the full findings in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

Researchers say the new condoms ‘could increase condom usage among populations that do not consistently use condoms.’

The condoms show ‘potential to be an effective strategy for increasing condom usage among populations with a high incidence of STI transmission and unplanned pregnancy,’ the journal stated.

Man with condoms in his underwear waistband
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When tested, the prototype condoms can withstand intercourse involving at least 1,000 thrusts.

This is compared to just an average of 600 thrusts for regular condoms with shop-bought water-based lubricant.

Boston University’s researcher Professor Mark Grinstaff said: ‘It feels a bit slimy when you handle it dry, but in the presence of water or natural fluids it becomes really slick.

‘You only need a little bit of fluid to activate it,’ he said.

A group of volunteers were also asked to rate both condoms, in terms of slip and slide. A majority of the 33 men and women rated the self-lubricating condoms more highly.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation back the initiative.

Clinical trials with couples begin early next year.

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