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.