Now, Condoms That'll Change Colour To Alert You Of An STD

24/06/2015 9:16 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Condoms made with native latex are seen at the Natex factory that produces around 100 million condoms per year for the Brazilian Health Ministry in Xapuri, Acre State on October 7, 2014. Current production equates to a fifth of the 500 millions condoms -- known as 'camisinhas de Venus' or little Venus shirts in Portuguese -- which the government hands out annually free of charge in a country where according to the UNAIDS non-government organization 730,000 people are HIV-positive. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

If you believe your current selection of condoms is good enough - think again!

Recently, a group of students from the U.K., who participated in the Teen Tech Awards, reportedly created a concept of condoms which can change colour after coming in contact with a sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI).

Fourteen-year-old Daanyaal Ali, 13-year-old Muaz Nawaz, and 14-year-old Chirag Shah were the brains behind this concept which won first prize at the Teen Tech Awards, an effort to promote science, engineering and technology in schools, Daily Mail reported.

Ali, a student at the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, said that he hoped that the condom would make more people aware of STDs and more willing to seek treatment.

“We wanted to create 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,” he 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.”

These smart condoms, called S.T. EYE, are bound to throw up a few questions, mid-coitus, (if sex talk wasn't problematic enough to begin with).

These condoms also transform into different colours to indicate the nature of the disease - chlamydia, for instance, turns the condom green, while syphilis will turn it blue, Daily Mail reported.

The science? These condoms contain a layer of molecules which will attach to the bacteria (and viruses) of commonly sexually transmitted diseases. This contact causes the molecules of the latex material to change colour depending on the infection present.

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