Many issues revolving around unplanned pregnancies and contracted STDs involve the fact that people prefer not to use condoms for the sake of pleasure; enter the hydrogel condom. It is a next generation condom that is touted to feel like real human skin. Essentially making safe-sex pleasurable, the hydrogel condom replaces latex with a biomaterial that is similar to the kind used in contact lenses.
Developed by research team from the University of Wollongong led by Dr. Robert Gorkin, the hydrogel condom is currently being tested for material first and breaking strength and permeability second. Gorken states," "It’s really about us challenging our own perceptions, particularly when developing new technologies to be deployed in places like sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia."