Commend Gates Foundation for Promoting Safe Sex

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Hosts Condom Contest

Target: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Goal: Thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their commitment to safe-sex practices

Navigating romantic and sexual relationships while respecting your partner’s boundaries can be hard. For millions of women, one of the biggest problems they have in their relationship is convincing their male partner to use a condom. The reasons men do not want to use condoms are numerous, but they all boil down to the same thing: men do not like the types of condoms currently on the market. While it is up to each person to have this discussion with their partner themselves, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping out.

The foundation recently created a contest to design a new condom, one that men would actually want to use. The goal of the contest was to create a condom that would prevent unintended pregnancy, the transmission of disease, and maintain pleasure for users.

Eleven winners were announced on Wednesday, each winning $100,000. The new designs vary widely in terms of materials used, but it is apparent that each design is stronger, thinner, and more durable than previous condoms. In addition, many of the designs utilize non-Latex materials, which will benefit people with Latex allergies.

Commend the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for generously giving entrepreneurs financial incentive to design a much-needed product. Its willingness to recognize the flaws in the current birth control on the market means we are one step closer to ensuring that anyone who has sex will be doing so safely.


Dear the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,

Thank you so much for hosting a contest to design a better condom. Current birth control on the market is limited and, while better than previous methods, still has some flaws. People who are allergic to Latex, for example, do not have very many options to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Furthermore, millions of men do not like to use condoms for a variety of reasons. This puts unnecessary strain and pressure on their sexual relationships, especially for their female partners who do not want to get pregnant. It is not fair to women to expect them to take hormonal birth control pills and there is still a small risk of pregnancy when using this type of birth control.

The eleven designs selected by your foundation, if produced, will go a long way to ensuring that there is a variety of options available on the market. Hopefully these condoms will ensure that everyone can find something that works for them and unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of disease will stop occurring.

Thank you again for being willing to donate so much money toward supporting entrepreneurs who have fantastic ideas for new product, but might have had no chance to work on their designs without your financial support.


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