Condoms treated with silver nanoparticles could lower rates of HIV and other STDs
According to The National Post, the researchers used advances in nanoparticles, consisting of clusters of atoms which are created in a laboratory that can alter the chemical properties of specific elements. In this case, for reasons unknown to scientists, the silver nanoparticles seemed to effectively inactivate viruses like HIV, herpes and other STDs.
"At such nanoscale, the extremely small size of silver particles exhibits remarkable, unusual physio-chemical properties and biological activity," said Dr. Xiaojian Yao, lead author of the study, as quoted by the news source.
While the research is still in its early stages and won't be on the market for quite some time, the study showcases one of the most exciting advances in the sexual health field. In addition to reducing STD rates from sexual contact, the researchers believe that safer condoms could lessen the chances of an individual becoming infected by touching a used condom. These dynamic silver nanoparticles could prove to be a pivotal advance in condom technology and one that could reduce STD rates when they hit the market.