Scientists create disappearing condom

Scientists have created a new type of female condom that disappears after use, it has emerged.

In a study published in the PLoS One journal, researchers from the University of Washington revealed they have come up with a pioneering formula that could revolutionise safe sex.

Using an electrically-spun cloth of nanomeeter-sized fibres that are woven together with medication that prevents HIV, the new product can be inserted into a woman's vagina and will naturally dissolve within a few days after intercourse.

Because the fibres being used in this project can be manipulated to change the material's strength, shape and solubility, experts believe this is more effective in delivering anti-HIV medicine than other methods.

Kim Woodrow, an assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, said it is a "dream" to create a product that females can use to both protect themselves from HIV and unintended pregnancy.

"We have the drugs to do that. It’s really about delivering them in a way that makes them more potent and allows a woman to want to use it," she added.