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The Invisible Condom: Will It Mean Birth Rate Boom or Bust?


November 13, 1997: At a press conference attended by senior representatives of government and academe, The Director of Laval Université’s Infectious Diseases Research Center, Dr. Michel G. Bergeron, today announced the invisible condom. Formed, in situ, from a thermoreversible gel, the invisible condom is intended not only to prevent conception but to prevent the sexual transmission of disease including HIV and Genital herpes, the latter, according to a press release, affecting one in four Americans.

The invisible condom, so the press release explains, will be “easily used by anyone without the knowledge or consent of the sexual partner who doesn’t want to use latex condoms.” What the press release omits to say is that, even more easily, use of the invisible condom may be falsely claimed by those who wish to effect conception without the knowledge or consent of their sexual partner. For this reason, the concept, might better be named the Emperor’s new condom.

General use, as opposed to non-use, of this concept is not imminent, however. To date, tests have been conducted only with mice and rabbits; although tests with humans are planned.



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