Many avoid going to get checked for STD’s because it’s not as private as they would like it to be. Ever gotten a judgmental look from a doctor or a nurse? That could definitely deter someone from going to get checked out.
But what if you could check, yourself, in the privacy of your home, or your sex date’s home. We guess it would be embarrassing if it’s just a one night stand because you don’t really know who you’re about to have sex with but at least you’ll know if you or your partner has a disease, the both of you will know!
A group of teens from London’s Issac Newton Academy developed a “smart” condom that glows in different colors if it detects a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI). Genius right? It could help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted STD’s or STI’s. Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah wanted to make detecting harmful STI’s without invasive or extensive testing.
The condom uses a built-in indicator that changes a different color depending on the bacteria or infection it detects. Green: Chlamydia, Yellow: Herpes, Purple: HPV, Blue: Syphilis. Molecules in the condom attach to the bacteria of common STI’s or STD’s causing the condom to fluoresce in low light. “We wanted to make something that make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors,” 14-year-old Ali said. “We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before.”
Cleverly named S.T.EYE, the invention won them the top health innovation prize at the city’s TeenTech Awards. The TeenTech Awards are for promoting science, engineering, and technology in schools. The competitors range from 11-16 years-old. Creating technology to make life better, simpler or easier is the “name of the game”. The boys won 1,000 in Euros and a trip to Buckingham Palace where they will be presented with their award.
The colorful condoms are still in the conceptual stage. There is not a finalized design and cannot be purchased anywhere just yet!
How much more easier can life get? Would you buy them? Comment your thoughts!