Glow yellow for herpes? A group of British teenage boys have presented an idea for a condom that changes color based on whether its wearer has an STD.
Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah, from London’s Isaac Newton Academy, shared the concept for the shade-shifting sheath at TeenTech London. The modern science fair challenged students to create technology that would make life simpler, better or easier.
The teens told the Daily Mail that the condoms would contain molecules that attach to STD bacteria and shine with a fluorescent glow. The concept is called S.T.EYE, a play on the sexually transmitted infections it is intended to recognize.
The finished product might glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes and blue for syphilis, according to the paper.
“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," co-inventor Ali said in a TeenTech statement.
"We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before," he added.
For now, the innovative condoms remain an abstract concept. TeenTech says a condom manufacturer has expressed interest in bringing the teens' colorful idea into reality.
They didn't address how to deal with that awkward moment you notice a fluorescent glow under the sheets.