Thinking outside the condom box - A news story
According to this week's issue of The Economist (the one with a sinister-appearing Putin on the cover), the "incredibe melting condom" is out there, and maybe heading to a neighborhood pharmacy near you....after it has been proven safe for human use, of course.
Before you picture (as I did) a condom-shaped apparatus that melts like one of those Listerine breath strips, have a look a the article link below. The melting condom actually changes from liquid at room temperature to solid at body temperature.
A Listerine breath strip in reverse.
In my experience, the solid-at-body-temperature phenomenon was a characteristic unique to cheese fondue when eaten in excess.
Of course, I am no polymer chemist. Chemical bonds and the study of such bonds have not interested me since I mistook that vial of super glue for eye drops back before I knew better.
Now I know better. Do I ever know better.
In any case, the melting/solidifying condom is an interesting (and apparently potentially practical) idea, and I thought that this was a good article to post with the slightly less, er, "innovation-oriented" article discussed in the entry from earlier today.
After all, if HIV were not a complicated problem, it wouldn't be such a large problem.
There is no problem, no matter how complicated, that does not contain hidden within it potential solutions.
Take the Trojan Horse, for example.
A better example, perhaps, is this: female disempowerment and the unpopularity of latex sheaths (both realities in much of Africa) imply the need for a female-controlled, non-latex alternative.