Sexual health and safety has just been kicked up a notch thanks to a group of brilliant UK teenagers who proposed a condom that changes color when it detects sexually transmitted infections. The S.T.EYE condom is promising for the future of disease detection, as well as safe sex practices.
Students Daanyaal Ali, Muaz Nawaz, and Chirag Shah, none of whom are over the age of 14, are the Health Category winners of the TeenTech 2015 Awards. It is estimated that 110 million Americans will find themselves facing a STI in their lifetimes. While some nations may be better at educating youth about safe sex than others, it seems this innovation could prevent many cases of disease while educational endeavors continue.
The technology, which has already received attention by a major condom manufacturer, proposes lining prophylactics with chemical indicators that would change color when they come into contact with different bacteria that lead to diseases such as chlamydia and syphilis. Because this design is still in its conceptual phase, it is unclear as to whether the devices will be able to detect the offending bacteria on the person wearing the condom or the partner, or both. As time goes on, however, developments will surely evolve as interest in this technology, and its brilliant inventors, grows.