A group of students taking part in the TeenTech awards has come up with a clever way to combat soaring sexually transmitted disease (STD) infection rates.
The teens have come up with a ‘smart’ condom that changes color when it detects an STD.
Named the S.T.EYE, the condom is outfitted with a layer of impregnated with molecules that attach to the bacteria and viruses associated with the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), causing the molecules incorporated in the condom rubber to fluoresce a certain colour in low light, according to the infection detected.
The condom would glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple in the presence of the human papillomavirus which causes genital warts, and blue for syphilis, explained the young designers.
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Although still a concept at the moment, the students hope it may be possible to turn their idea into a reality in the future.
Daanyaal Ali, 14, from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, who was part of the team to come up with the idea, said he hoped the condom would make people more aware of STIs and more willing to seek treatment.
e said: ‘We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation.
‘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.
‘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.’
The S.T.EYE was awarded first prize in the Health Category at the final of the TeenTech awards, which are intended to promote science, engineering and technology in schools.
Groups of 11 to 16-year-olds were asked to come up with ‘technology to make life better, simpler or easier’.
Among the other ideas to make the final was a WiFi-connected hair clip that changes colour to match a person’s clothing.
Another was a device that can be worn around the wrist that connects to the users mobile phone and calls the emergency services should the user get into trouble.