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.