While teenage boys may be preoccupied with sex, three boys used that to their advantage and invented color-changing condoms that detect STDs (sexually transmitted disease). Specifically, Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14 from London, England’s Isaac Newton Academy have come up with a detailed proposal for a new color-coded condom dubbed the S.T. EYE. These condoms are will be able to detect whether your partner has a sexually transmitted disease and signify such by changing colors.
In a statement Ali said: “We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI (sexually transmitted infection) detection to help the future of the next generation. We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful (sexually transmitted infections) STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors.”
Ali added that their group wanted to make certain that they could “give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before.” Essentially, the S.T.EYE condom would change color when/if it comes into contact with an STD.
The color change would occur in reaction to antibodies on the condom interacting with the antigens of STIs, making the condom change various colors depending on the specific disease. It would turn purple for genital warts, green for chlamydia, purple for genital warts, blue for syphilis and yellow for herpes.
The trio of teen students presented this new product concept to an audience at the Teen Tech awards. They earned a prize for tope innovation in the health category. They were presented with approximately $1,500 and a free trip to England’s famous Buckingham Palace.
Although various sources report that the color-changing condoms are not as yet on the market and are still in the early stages of development, the teenage team has reportedly already been approached a condom manufacturer that was said to be impressed by the threesome’s desire to deal with such a sensitive issue.
Teens Invent Color-Changing Condoms That Detect STDs