Carpick Research Group collaborates with Penn’s Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative to study better condoms


Carpick Research Group participates in launch of the Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania on November 2, 2022. Eidos is a social innovation hub where evidence-based strategies and cutting-edge scientific discoveries are shaped into ventures focused on improving LGBTQ+ people’s health and well-being. With support from Penn’s Center for AIDS Research and the University Research Foundation, the Carpick Research Group collaborated with Eidos founding director Prof. Jose Bauermeister’s group and Penn Materials Science and Engineering Prof. Shu Yang’s group on “Project SLIP” to develop a novel hydrogel coating for condoms and other personal health devices. This unique coating is intrinsically slippery without any external application of lubricants, which creates a way to increase safety, efficacy, and enables the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmited diseases.

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