A group of teens from England may change the way the world sees sexually-transmitted diseases.
Three boys invented a condom that changes color when it comes into contact with STDs.
Students Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14, won the top prize in the Future of Health Category at the TeenTech Awards.
“We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful [STDs] 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,” said Ali. “We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before.”
The teens are now in talks with a condom manufacturer, according to the TeenTech website.
Here’s how it works: A chemical on the rubber attaches to bacteria and viruses like herpes, syphilis and chlamydia. The reaction causes the condom to emit a low fluorescent light, which changes color depending on infection it detects.
The group won £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace.