According to estimates from the Center of Disease Control, 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur each year, with half of those being persons 15-24 year old. We're talking HPV, herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, among others, that spread so easily from person to person, usually because those diseases go on untreated. In fact, some people may not even know they have them.
Though it's imperative to get tested if you're sexually active in any way (yep, even oral counts), a group of teens in the UK has developed a concept for a type of condom that can help stop the spread of STI (or STDs) faster than before.
Daanyaal Ali, 14, from Isaan Newton Academy, proposed the condoms, named S.T.EYE (get it?), with a group of classmates at the TeenTech event, a day-long event where teens come together to share their best scientific work and inventions.
The condoms would work by glowing, or changing color, if the materials in the condom come into contact with bacteria found in an STD. The materials would then change color based on what the STI is.
"We wanted to make something that make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors," Ali told The Mirror.
The condom isn't available just yet, but it sounds like it could help people detect their STDs before spreading what they have to another person.