A UT professor is getting $100,000 to help the global fight against disease by re-inventing the condom.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the grant to UT chemistry professor Jimmy Mays. They challenged Mays to create a design that will encourage condom use in developing countries to prevent disease and unplanned pregnancies.

His project uses super-elastomers which makes condoms thinner and less expensive, but just as strong.

According to, more than 33 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Ninety-seven percent of them live in low and middle-income countries.

Mays says he hopes this project will make a global impact in reducing the spread of STD's.

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