Target: Mahua Choudhury, Ph.D., assistant professor at Texas A&M
Goal: Applaud the development of a hydrogel condom with flavonoids, which prevents the spread of HIV.
Abstinence and the use of condoms are the two safest methods to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted HIV; however, condoms can break during intercourse, an unfortunate event that occurs roughly 2% of the time, which completely negates any HIV protection. Luckily, a new latex-free material has been developed for condoms that is also infused with flavoniods, a plant-based antioxidant which has anti-AIDS properties.
Approximately 5 percent of the general population has a latex allergy, with up to 12 percent of healthcare workers either starting with or having developed a sensitivity to latex after prolonged exposure to latex gloves. Beyond that, many people just don’t like the feeling of a latex condom during sexual activity. This new condom, developed by Mahua Choudhury, Ph.D., is made from hydrogel, a water-based elastic material that is already used in contact lenses. The material was also developed with pleasure-enhancing properties, such as the promotion of blood flow, and keeping nitric oxide levels high to help men maintain an erection.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of this condom is the fact that it is enmeshed with plant-based antioxidants that can prevent the spread of HIV, even in the case of breakage during intercourse. An estimated 88 percent of HIV infections are from sexual contact of men with men or men with women. With this condom, if it were to break, the flavonoids would be released, which continues to prevent the virus from replicating.
By signing this petition, you are thanking Mahua Choudhury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, for developing this revolutionary product and taking steps towards the eradication of sexually transmitted HIV.
Dear Ms. Choudhury, Ph.D.,
Due to your and your department’s efforts, a new material for condoms has been developed with a variety of benefits much greater than those of a latex condom. Not only is this new condom latex-free, it also increases blood flow, promotes the relaxation of smooth muscle, and keeps nitric oxide levels high to encourage erections. Perhaps the best of all, this material has properties that prevent the spread of HIV.
The vast majority of HIV infections are sexually transmitted. Even in the case of condom use the average breakage rate is 2 percent, a number which can occasionally be much higher due to improper storage, lack of inspection, and user error; however, the material you developed will release flavonoids, which can prevent the virus from replicating in the case of breakage. Thank you so much for taking steps to eradicate the spread of HIV.
[Your Name Here]
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