Bill Gates wants to help make a new and better condom

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates still works at the company he helped to found a few days out of each month, but most of his time is spent working with efforts connected to the charity work funded by the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This month, the charity group announced it is looking to award $100,000 to whoever can make a new and improved condom.

In a post on the charity's website, it talks about how condoms are already highly effective in preventing both unwanted pregnancies as well as keeping down the transmission of HIV. However, the press release also notes that most men prefer to have sex without a condom and that attitude is keeping many couples from using them.

So the foundation, through its Grand Challenges for Global Heath program, is offering a $100,000 grant to students, scientists or entrepreneurs to make a condom that "significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use." Ideas might include better design or packaging for the condom or a way that the product can "address and overcome cultural barriers." The deadline for the grant entries is May 7.

Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Image via 3777190317 / Shutterstock.com

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Best condom is one that kills; no more risk of anything then!

..I am deadly serious.

Would do wonders for the world's population problems.

Here are my notes;
1) One size fits all doesn't really work.
2) There is a huge loss of sensation.
3) They break.
4) Don't allow grannies or women that are as old as my mother to sell them over the counter.
5) They come off during cowgirl positions

Riva said,
Here are my notes;
1) One size fits all doesn't really work.
2) There is a huge loss of sensation.
3) They break.
4) Don't allow grannies or women that are as old as my mother to sell them over the counter.
5) They come off during cowgirl positions
sounds like ur using them wrong

The best condom would be to throw the Windows 95 logo on it and put the slogan, "where do you want to go today".

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Mar 25 2013, 4:09pm :

It doesnt matter if 90% of the countries on the planet teach their citizen's not to use them or speak against them saying God doesn't liek them. Yeah...looking ta you China, Africa and others. China especially who doesnt want their people using condoms, but them when they have population explosions they send the military to kill off babies and even adults.

Micro and soft arent really two words you want to see on a pack of condoms... maybe they need to rebrand themselves as Hugehard.

What is the education level on a Neowin comments thread? Not high I guess.

Africa has about 70% of all HIV/AIDS of the worlds infected people. In southern parts of Africa some places 5% of the adult population have HIV/AIDS. It is a major problem.

Like some studies said, the more effective solution is education. A $5 million campaign (per country) could decrease the percentage considerably. However, it is more economically right to spend billions in condom, vaccines and such.

For example, some African still thinks that the AIDS could be cured by raping kid or by killing kid (or all the above).

Yes, that is really sad. I guess you need to do both. But its really hard to change peoples beliefs.

Usually both these problems are solved with economic growth.

Because curing STDs doesn't fix the problem that people in 3rd world countries are breeding excessively. Not to mention curing STDs is a helluva lot more difficult than developing a better condom.

How can someone deduce these things from a portrait of someone. You could say he looks like a musician, serial killer, businessman, atheist, Christian, hotel manager, whatever you want to see.

Simon- said,
How can someone deduce these things from a portrait of someone. You could say he looks like a musician, serial killer, businessman, atheist, Christian, hotel manager, whatever you want to see.

I agree, but what I can deduce is that, whatever his profession is, he looks like he's sniffing a fart!

Eugenics, *spit*. And seriously, only $100k? That's an insult. I want royalties far into the hundred millions.

Izlude said,
Eugenics, *spit*. And seriously, only $100k? That's an insult. I want royalties far into the hundred millions.

100k is free money(grant). Anything you make out of it is gravy, yours.

Izlude said,
Eugenics, *spit*. And seriously, only $100k? That's an insult. I want royalties far into the hundred millions.

The world would likely be spectacularly epic had eugenics been continued in it's civilised form.

Unfortunately we experience it via the more irritating methods - natural catastrophes and war caused by over population and lack of resources.

That is the main reason I don't like wearing them. Feel. I like what it helps prevent but I don't like that it prevents me from enjoying it as much either.

Baby or No Baby?
STD or no STD?

Condom it is! Or luck

He is! Look up the vaccines he is responsible for, they recently made 47.500 people in india paralysed: http://vactruth.com/2013/01/06...d-after-meningitis-vaccine/

He also said at a ted conference that if they do a good job with vaccines (malaria, hiv etc) then the population would decrease by 10-15%. How would that happen if vaccines saved lives? The population would rise due to less people dying. That would only happen if the vaccines kill people or make them infertile.

Yep i knew it would be only a matter of time before the truthers pounced, What's it this time these condoms make women infertile?

Hope this helps in the first world too. Far too many kids landed with a newborn to raise who will probably create another life before getting a stable job and growing up.

torrentthief said,
the population would rise due to less people dying. That would only happen if the vaccines kill people or make them infertile.

Yeah over time the evidence really starts to amount and you begin to question all the people you think are nice behind the screen.

I had read awhile back that he had been making deals with countries in Africa to reduce their population in exchange for food aid. I personally think this is very wrong. Our planet can sustain all of us but the resources keep going into the wrong hands because everybody is being made too busy through conflict.

torrentthief said,
He is! Look up the vaccines he is responsible for, they recently made 47.500 people in india paralysed: http://vactruth.com/2013/01/06...d-after-meningitis-vaccine/

When the antivax crowd arnt busy spouting the opinions of a playboy bunny and pet detective theyre working on their alternative reality.

So it went from 40 to 50 to 47,500 ?

torrentthief said,
He also said at a ted conference that if they do a good job with vaccines (malaria, hiv etc) then the population would decrease by 10-15%. How would that happen if vaccines saved lives? The population would rise due to less people dying. That would only happen if the vaccines kill people or make them infertile.

And care to explain how it makes any sense for him to reveal this sinister plot to any and all ? How does your denialisim twist around that ?

torrentthief said,
He is! Look up the vaccines he is responsible for, they recently made 47.500 people in india paralysed: http://vactruth.com/2013/01/06...d-after-meningitis-vaccine/

He also said at a ted conference that if they do a good job with vaccines (malaria, hiv etc) then the population would decrease by 10-15%. How would that happen if vaccines saved lives? The population would rise due to less people dying. That would only happen if the vaccines kill people or make them infertile.

Why don't you provide a quote?

He is very open about his stance and its backed up by solid numbers we see here in rich and more literate countries. There is a population issue in Africa which affects resources needed. His goal is to bring Africa out of poverty by educating them, improving their health, providing them with the right tools and knowledge for self sustainability and help them with family planning which includes sex ed, contraceptives, prevention of std's etc... which are voluntary. Hitting the goals will have an inverse affect on child birth. See 'Demographic-economic paradox.'

torrentthief said,

Here is the video of bill gates talking about vaccines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37leRtxMx9k

Here is info about 47,500 people, i pasted the wrong link earlier: http://articles.mercola.com/si...e_cid=20120828_DNL_artNew_1

The info comes from "Indian Journal of Medical Ethics".

Explain to me how population can reduce if vaccines are good for them, i'm waiting for your answer.

Why don't you post the whole video? Did you even watch it? Where does he say vaccines = directly less population. I'm waiting.

Also for your second link. Why don't you quote for us the whole paragraph that deals with this 47500 deaths?

torrentthief said,

Explain to me how population can reduce if vaccines are good for them, i'm waiting for your answer.

Explain to me how assuming everything you say is true, Reveling the top secret illuminati conspiracy to the entire world makes any sense ?

linsook said,

Why don't you post the whole video? Did you even watch it? Where does he say vaccines = directly less population. I'm waiting.

Also for your second link. Why don't you quote for us the whole paragraph that deals with this 47500 deaths?


Lets say it where true that Bill Gates is the devil and poisoned 47.500 people.
What is his gain?
He knows anything he does is closely watched and anything he does wrong shouted from every single rooftop in the world.

Sure, sure. while giving away more money to charity then all the members of Neowin combined have on their banks. Spending what, more then a decade already on trying to improve the world. No lets poison 50k people! Because he will gain so incredibly much. And knowing its Bill Gates, it will be very, very easy for him to hide any evidence from the public.

Now back to the real world. Anyone publicly hating so much on what Bill Gates does is simply retarded or has done more to improve the world then Gates has. And if so, please elaborate your work and quality improvements for people.

Gates is one to be respected, and if a vaccine as the news article states had an adverse effect on 40-50 people. **** happens. Even normal vaccines used in the West every day bring more people to the hospital every year then 'just' 40-50 people. Vaccines are viruses people! It is the decease, and it isn't a 100% perfect. No matter what vaccine.

torrentthief said,
He is! Look up the vaccines he is responsible for, they recently made 47.500 people in india paralysed: http://vactruth.com/2013/01/06...d-after-meningitis-vaccine/

He also said at a ted conference that if they do a good job with vaccines (malaria, hiv etc) then the population would decrease by 10-15%. How would that happen if vaccines saved lives? The population would rise due to less people dying. That would only happen if the vaccines kill people or make them infertile.

I read that 40 ppl were paralysed, and what makes you think it wa shis vaccine. And vaccines do save lives, by killing off those that cant be cure which helps the fitess ones to survive. You know, the way its always been. Keeping sick people aline makes it worse for healty people as many diseases are easy to past to others with knowing like HIV/AIDS. You know, those invisible issues you cant see. In the old days when people were sick, they were isolated to thmselves away from everyone else.If they healed they aree allowed to returned. The ones who died simply couldnt be healed. I dint have a problem with that. Today sick people aree allowed to be with everyone else whichmakes it bad for everyone else.

I've never, ever once flamed or moaned on Neowin in terms of it's quality, because I know it must be tough running such a big site - but lately, I'm seeing news that's 2-3 days (atleast) old posted on the front page. Neowin used to stay ahead of the crowd. Unfortunately, Neowin seems to have been playing 'catchup' for quite some time, now.

I've been a loyal Neowin member since around 2004 - so I'm sure some of those that have been around for that long, you'd agree that the quality has slipped and news always seems second hand.

Sorry for being negative, that's just how I feel.

Neowin did not stay ahead of the crowd in the past. Most of the news on the front page (and forums) was just reposted or reworded with the original linked. The only original things I see posted are "From The Forums", editorials, reviews and software releases.

Sartoris said,
3 days? You poor thing.

smooths* said,
I know right? I'm about to slit my wrists.
His point is that many of us read other news sites in addition to Neowin. If we're only reading old news here, then there's no point in coming here.

John Callaham said,

I read this several days ago. And Neowin's goal should be to be ahead of the crowd, not use other sites that are behind as an excuse for also being behind...

And this article is just being used as an example.

John Callaham said,

Just my opinion. I've been coming here for years, and in my opinion - the news is 'stale' and of less quality. Numerous times, I've been here in the last six months and I've seen members bash articles, criticise spelling mistakes and the genre of what is posted. This isn't uncommon for news sites, but there's some solid ground on their part when you come here and see it quite regularly. Some members chose to openly be quite rude about it - I however have just pointed out my feelings quite amicably. It's an opinion nonetheless.

M_Lyons10 said,

I read this several days ago. And Neowin's goal should be to be ahead of the crowd, not use other sites that are behind as an excuse for also being behind...

And this article is just being used as an example.

Totally agree. That's the point I was getting at - it's a bit senseless to quote other publications and just saying 'Well they did it! .. Sorry, but Neowin doesn't cut it anymore. I love Neowin, and always have - but I'd prefer to get my news elsewhere lately.

The general attitude I get towards an opinion is pretty much 'Tough' .. Well. Alright then.

There really is no better condom... and the article is correct, most guys do not like them for many reasons. I say we all should be getting tested regularly like once a year to avoid confusion.

I hope that the "Better" condoms are BIGGER ones, then I will like them better as well. Obviously Bill has the same problem, who would have thought that! I have always said bigger the better.....

DukeWars said,
I hope that the "Better" condoms are BIGGER ones, then I will like them better as well. Obviously Bill has the same problem, who would have thought that! I have always said bigger the better.....

Maybe...
My first reaction was that he's doing it to help stop hiv/aids infection in places like Africa where his foundation help normally... but then I realised..
His eldest child, Jennifer is 17. I'm wondering if she's started to date guys and there has been talk about wanting to go on the pill because condoms aren't great (for her or her boyfriend).

Or maybe as you'd said, bigger is sometimes needed. His son is around 15 now and Bill might be wanting to give his son an better experience with condoms.

My own personal experience; male condoms aren't too bad, there is worse contraception like the female condom, that's just nasty.

Several years back we had used every single brand and type of condom on the market here in the UK. Bulk ordered, got a few of each and tested them out. Found the ones we preferred most, and bulk ordered a years worth of them.

Then the following year, EU law says nope. And the condoms were removed from sale.
So, that is the end of them for us. Can't even remember the name of them anymore, but what made them so great was the lack of tip at the end.

Later we decide to have kids, no condoms required ofc. Strange how different it feels, we have to put off having kids due to medical reasons.
*she* goes on the pill because she doesn't like the 'dragging' feeling of condoms. Imokwiththat.jpg.
Then about 2 years later, she has to come off the pill and we're back to using condoms.

We did practice NFP for a while, but it wasn't worth the risk to her health... but that's what annoys me most about condoms at the moment...
While I've only ever had one split (these were with a tip btw) and that happened straight away and was very noticeable when it did, what's putting me off now is that I'm very aware that they're there, and have to be there to stop pregnancy.
I'm going to assume people will feel the same if they're in an at risk area or with an at risk partner of STD/I, particularly if its HIV.

Edited by sagum, Mar 25 2013, 8:38am :