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Teenage trio wins award for colour-changing, STI-detecting condom

A pair of school-going teenagers from London has invented a condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with a sexually transmitted disease. For this they took home the TeenTech Award in the health category at the TeenTech Awards held in London earlier this week



For many of us, the idea of anyone under a reasonable age of adulthood even thinking about sex is a repugnant one. But a trio of inventive Isaac Newton Academy learners have confronted this to find a way to help couples engage in safer sex.

Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14 have captured the world media attention with their concept idea of a colour-changing, STI-detecting condom that changes colour when it comes in contact with a sexually transmitted disease. This concept won them the TeenTech Award 2015 in the Health category.

“We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation. 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. We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before,” Ali told TeenTech Awards of their idea.

Now sex can be a super awesome process but it can also create graceless situations with awkward moments abound – condoms often contribute to this. Watching this condom change colour during the sweaty rigours of sex would be far from a turn on.


Regardless of this, they’ve been reportedly approached by a condom manufacturer, impressed by their gutsy concept.

The molecules in the condom respond to the bacteria present in an infection and change color to indicate the presence of a given STD — green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes and blue for syphilis.