Self-lubricating condoms might make people actually want to use them

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Condoms are a great way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis and the HIV virus that causes AIDS. They also prevent pregnancy. Plus they are cheap.

The trouble is, people often don’t like to use them.

A team at Boston University has come up with a possible solution: a self-lubricating condom.

They developed a compound that sticks to the latex of a condom, and that also holds a thin layer of water. The result is a condom that stays dry until it is touched with a few drops of fluid – either water or bodily fluids. Then it becomes slippery, and holds that slippery texture for a long time.

“Maybe this can have a chance to increase condom use and prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases,” Mark Grinstaff, a bioengineering professor at Boston University who led the study team, told NBC News.