Aiming to increase global use of condoms as a way to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, an Indian-American Professor Mahua Choudhury and her team of researchers have developed a new non-latex condom which contains antioxidants and can kill the deadly virus even after breaking.
The super condom is made of the elastic polymer called hydrogel, which includes plant based antioxidants having anti-HIV properties. The super condom will also prevent unwanted pregnancy, or sexually transmitted diseases.
"Supercondom could help fight against HIV infection and may as well prevent unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases and If we succeed, it will revolutionize the HIV prevention initiative," said Ms. Choudhury, the lead researcher.
Researchers hope to test the condom within the next six months.
Prof. Chaudhury has a degree in Molecular Biology, Biophysics and genetics in India. She has done her PhD in the US and was on of 54 people awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenge in the Global Health.
Since its outbreak in 1981, HIV virus has killed 39 million people around the globe.