Students create condom that can detect STDs
Three British students aged 13 and 14 have created a new type of condom that changes colors when it comes into contact with STDs (or STIs as they are frequently referred to in the UK). Score one for sex education.
The condom detects infections and changes color to match the bacteria it comes into contact with. The condom may glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus, or blue for syphilis.
Naturally, it has already been called a “smart” condom. Because everything is a smart something or other.
The “S.T.EYE” was created by 14-year old Daanyaal Ali, 13 year-old Muaz Nawaz, and 14-year old Chirag Shah. The students created the condom to “make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before.” The test also manages to bypass painful and invasive tests, most of which come too late anyway.
The condom has earned the teens the “TeenTech gong” award for the best health innovation. The trio will also received £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace.
“We encourage students to take their ideas out of the classroom by putting them face-to-face with industry professionals, helping to open their eyes to the real potential of their ideas,” Maggie Philbin, founder and chief executive of TeenTech said.
It’s tough not to wonder how they went about testing the condom, along with a whole bunch of other horrible questions raised by the specter of a trio of 13 and 14 year olds developing something that tests for sexually transmitted diseases. But sometimes it’s best not to look too deep. One thing is for sure, the kids’ school must have a good sex ed course, and bully for them.