These condoms will tell you if your man’s genitals are infected

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By Nigel Boys

During London’s Teen Tech Awards, a group of teenagers from Isaac Newton Academy walked away with the first prize for their “smart” condom, which is not only innovative, but might actually save lives.

Wanting to “make detecting harmful s*xually transmitted infections (STIs) safer than ever before” without the embarrassment of invasive testing, students Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah came up with a novel idea they aptly named S.T.EYE.

The students’ invention reportedly glows in different colors if an STI is detected. Their creation won the top prize among kids ranging in age from 11 to 16 who were attempting to create “technology to make life better, simpler or easier,” reports Buzzfeed.

While other students came up with ideas intended to promote science, engineering and technology in schools, these three came up with the idea of a condom using a built-in indicator that changes color when it detects bacteria or infections. Apparently, the condom glows green if it detects chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), or blue for syphilis, the inventors told the Daily Mail.

The condom fluoresces in low light when it detects bacteria of common STIs after molecules in the contraceptive device attach to them, according to the students.

“We wanted to make something that makes 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.”

Along with a trip to Buckingham Palace, where they will be presented with their award, the students walked away with a cash prize of 1,000 euros, or around $1,570.

However, people cannot rush out to the stores and buy these innovative condoms just yet, because they are still in the conceptual stage, a spokesperson for Teen Tech told the Daily Dot. They’re “very much a concept and … not a finalized design.”

Despite the fact that nearly 110 million Americans have STIs at any given time, according to Atlanta CBS Local, there’s a great deal of stigma and ignorance associated with STI transmission.

Pointing out this ignorance, the Daily Dot reports, “It’s no a huge stretch to think that if someone’s having s*x with a new partner for the first time and the condom glows, say, purple, they could freak out about the fact that their partner has HPV without knowing exactly what HPV is.”

According to Womenshealth, over 50 percent of s*xually active people will contract HPV at some point in their lives, but may not know that they have it, or have any idea what it is or the symptoms it produces.

A hair clip with Wi-Fi that changes color based on your outfit, and sneakers that are capable of charging electronic devices were also among the top entries at Teen Tech, according to Buzzfeed.

 

 

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