Sign the "Clean Sheets" Pill Petition
This quick-acting male contraceptive pill is in earlier stages of research, but it’s exciting because of one feature: it could potentially drastically reduce the male-to-partner transmission of HIV. But would men accept the mechanism of action – a semen-free orgasm — even if it feels exactly the same? (As one guy put it, “All of the twitch, none of the spurt.”) Many policymakers say men would never go for this, and that there’s no point in bothering with the research. Are they right?
We’ve run a small attitudes study in the U.S. to start answering the question. The result? Among low- and moderate-income young men in the U.S., about 20% say “No way;” about 20% say “Yes, please, when can I get it!” and the rest say “It depends” on knowing more about safety, side effects, etc. That number of men who would consider it may not sound like much, but 20% is a higher percentage of men than use condoms! Another sign that people are interested: A TechCITEMENT article came out about the “clean sheets pill” in March 2012 and was viewed by more than half a million people. We thought it was at least worth giving this research a chance to prove its stuff.
The next step requires $300,000 to test the improved versions in rams. Supporters of our campaign contributed over $1800, in amounts from $5 to $500. We’ve used the first several hundred of the donations to fund the attitudes study above, and the rest to make a grant to the researchers to keep their lab going and look for other sources of funding– but the larger goal appears to be beyond our reach.
Want to change this? To tell policymakers you want development of the Clean Sheets Pill, please SIGN THE PETITION above– and spread the word on social networks by passing along the TechCITEMENT link to friends. To add your voice to the call for this and other new male contraceptive methods, you can also fill out the short no-spam petition at the Male Contraception Information Project.
Want to know more? To read more about the Clean Sheets Pill and how it works, see MaleContraceptives.org. And for the team’s newer results, here’s the Poster.pdf presented at the Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle in October 2011.
|Name and Date||Region||Comments|
Mar 07, 2014
|Waterloo||Everyone should have access to birth control of as many types as science provides. It shouldn’t be only up to women to have birth control (aside from condoms of course).|
Mar 07, 2014
|Alabama||I have two pre-teen sons. I want them to have all the options I had as a young woman to control their own fertility and not have to rely on a partner to do it for them.|
Mar 04, 2014
|Massachusetts||As somebody with some degree of gender dysphoria, ejaculation is one of the things that I have most trouble dealing with with regard to sex. Condoms can also be a trigger of the “role” I’m expected to play. Apart from that, though, it would be great to have more options for birth control that didn’t rely on vagina-havers doing something/spending money/etc.|
Feb 27, 2014
|OR||We need an effective male contraceptive alternative. Not ejaculating is not a stopping point for many men who would be happy not having to deal with a mess and preventing unwanted pregnancy.|