California Family Health Council's More Discreet Condom
The California Family Health Council is well known for their research and testing of contraceptives. So it's no surprise that they were awarded a Gates Foundation grant. Their proposed condom is described as an ultra-sheer, wrapping condom. It would be made of polyethylene, which is used for condoms in some other countries but not the U.S. It is approved for use in the U.S. in gloves, medical devices, and food wrapping. This condom would be 1/5th to 1/3rd as thin as condoms now available and it would feature a unique donning system.
In the U.S., it would come in a credit card-sized package of three, with each condom rolled up like a small pencil. "It certainly may be more discreet than carrying a big, round condom in a foil package. It looks really kind of high-tech and nice," says Frezieres of the California Family Health Council. In order to put the condom on, a person would just hold it by two pull tabs and pull it over the penis. A second donning design for this condom would involve a phalange on the open end, allowing the user to pull it on like a sock. Because it's make of polyethylene, it would not be as susceptible to UV and temperature damage as current latex condoms.