Updated: Dec 12, 2019
By Corrie Rodriguez
Scientists at Boston University have created a new type of self-lubricating condom that could potentially increase consistent condom-use – helping to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
Backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-lubricating condoms could be a breakthrough product for those that do not use condoms due to decreased pleasure and sensation or pain from lack of lubrication.
While condoms are traditionally coated with silicone or water-based lubricants, the self-lubricating condoms are made with hydrophilic polymers – a molecule that is attracted to water. This means the condoms will self-lubricate and stay slippery, unlike traditional condoms that dry out over time. According to the study, 73% of people “not only preferred the feel of the condoms to those currently available but also said it would increase their condom use.”
In honor of this year’s National Condom Month, the BAEBSAFE team at San Antonio College hosted a National Condom Month event February 6th and 7th. Along with San Antonio Metro Health and Texas Wears Condoms, BAEBSAFE encourages sexually active students to use condoms consistently and correctly to dramatically reduce rates of unplanned pregnancies, STI’s, and HIV.