• Gates Foundation praises design for 'origami' condom


    SEATTLE - A company that has come up with a design for a revolutionary new condom modeled after Japanese origami paper folding was praised on the blog for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a leading innovator for sexual health.

     Origami Condoms, based in Marina del Rey, Calif., has a new design in which the accordion-shaped condoms are folded up instead rolled up, act as a loose-fitting sheath when in use and are said to move naturally with the body.

     As a result, both sexual partners will experience more sensation during sex, the condom’s creator said.

     The Gates Foundation agreed that more sensation was a key marketing point to get people to consistently use condoms.

    Origami Condoms provides an excellent example of a private enterprise focused on new condom design to promote consistent use by emphasizing the sexual experience,” a post on the foundation’s blog said.

     The condoms are still in testing and will not be available until at least early 2015.

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