Condoms That Change Colour When Detecting STD Won Tech Award

Condoms That Change Colour When Detecting STD Won Tech Award

Sex is the basis for human existence. Without sex, none of us would be here. It's a beautiful and enjoyable activity which helps people bond and strengthen relationships all around the world. However, it can also lead to disease. That is why when engaging in sexual activity it is essential to practice safe sex. Proper practices are necessary for everybody actively participating in sexual relations. Most of us are either in middle or high school when we receive formal sex education and what constitutes safe sex.


Condoms might be the most common option for safe sex. They are cheap and widely available at a variety of stores. Condoms protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and prevent pregnancies 98 percent of the time when used correctly. (1)


Condoms, though, are not perfect. Despite having a remarkably high level of success in preventing the spread of STDs when used properly, there's always a chance that your partner can still infect you with a disease that they are carrying.


Sadly, people sometimes lie to their partners about whether or not they have any sexually transmitted diseases. This means that you may contract an STD from someone who told you that they were otherwise clean. The entire scenario can make the idea of sex scary, and it should not be. More likely than a deceitful partner, though, is an asymptomatic carrier unknowingly able to pass on a disease to a partner.


If only there was a way for people to be able to find out whether their partner was carrying a sexually transmitted disease, so they did not have to take their word for it. It turns out that a new type of condom may be able to assist with determining if your sexual partner is carrying an STD.


Three teenage boys from the Isaac Newton Academy in England came up with a brilliant but simple idea for a new type of condom that will help detect if your partner has STDs. Here is how it is set to work according to the Washington Post: “There would be antibodies on the condom that would interact with the antigens of STDs, causing the condom to change colors depending on the disease. For instance, if the condom were exposed to chlamydia, it might glow green — or yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus and blue for syphilis.”


The teenagers who created the concept were only ages thirteen to fourteen at the time they hatched their idea. That’s a lot of brain muscle for a group of boys so young, and others thought so too! The trio won the first place prize at the 2015’s U.K.’s TeenTech Awards, which gained them needed exposure to circulate their idea. Time Magazine reported they were already approached by condom manufacturers.


Looking ahead, these condoms seem to have a bright future. Nevertheless, it might be quite a while before these new types are available. Numerous concerns have been raised on how the proposed condoms work.


These concerns include, but are not limited to:


  • Would the condom be able to detect STDs on both the user and the partner?
  • What would happen if the condom detected more than one STD?
  • What happens after you detect an STD?
  • What if the party involved is color blind?

Other concerns will surely be addressed in the coming years until the prototype of these color changing condoms is perfected. Until then, we can stay hopeful for a future where condoms are safer, and STDs become less commonly spread – all thanks to the practices of safe sex. For now, however, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to ensure you have the safest experiences possible!


Reference: Healthy-holistic-living.com

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