Aiming to increase global use of condoms as a way to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, Dr. Mahua Choudhery and her team have developed a new non-latex condom which contains antioxidants and can kill the deadly virus even after breaking. The condom is made of an elastic polymer called hydrogel, and includes plant-based antioxidants that have anti-HIV properties.
"Supercondom could help fight against HIV infection and may as well prevent unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases and If we succeed, it will revolutionise the HIV prevention initiative," said Choudhury, the lead researcher.
Choudhury, who studied Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Genetics in India before getting her PhD in the US, has been researching diabetes and the obesity epidemic. She was one of 54 people awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Grand Challenge in Global Health" grant. Read more via HuffingtonPost