Imagine a condom that changes colours when it comes in contact with an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). Yes, you read that right, just like a chameleon.
Not only does it protect you from getting the said infection, but also gives a great heads up in advance.
Three kids, Musaz Nawaz (13), Daanyaal Ali (14) and Chirag Shah (14) from London's Isaac Newton Academy wanted to tackle these high rates of STIs. For the annual TeenTech Awards in London which aims to inspire 11- to-16-year olds to realize their true potential in a STEM workplace, they presented the S.T.EYE condom.
The S.T.EYE, in concept, will have molecules in the rubber-surface that'll glow when it comes in contact with different pathogens. The condom would say, glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus (HPV) and blue for syphilis.
Yes, I know, 'chameleon condoms' don't sound sexy at all, because who wants to put *** and a chameleon in the same sentence? Gross.
But trust me, this particular chameleon is not gross and it'll save your life.
Surely, you might have to have an awkward conversation if the condom changes colour. But, hey it's better than getting affected by an STI.
“We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation,” the kids told a leading publication. “We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors.”
The great idea won them the first position in the U.K.'s TeenTech Awards, and reportedly they have already been approached by condom companies. So, expect chameleon condoms soon in the market.
The idea, of course, is not without loopholes. Like what if the condom comes in contact with two or more STIs and if both partners can be detected or just one. However, it's safe to assume that with the assistance of STEM labs they can work out the nitty-gritty.