Students Create New Condom That Changes Color When STDs Are Present

Safe sex just became a lot safer—and more colorful! A group of students competing at the TeenTech awards in London won the health category for their invention of a color-changing condom. The team of teens presented their invention as an innovative new way to detect sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

The prophylactic changes color when it comes into contact with a sexually transmitted disease—the color apparently depends on what type of infection it identifies.  The condoms turn green for chlamydia, yellow when it detects herpes, purple to indicate HPV, and blue for syphilis.

The project, called S.T.EYE, was created by Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13, and Chirag Shah, 14, as a way to prevent the spread of harmful and potentially life-threatening disease.

“We creates the S.T.EYE as a new way for [STD] detection to help the future of the next generation,” Ali told news outlets. “We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before.”

Right now the condom is just a conceptual prototype, but it is certainly making waves for the future of safe sex and testing.

According to a report from The Mirror, the team will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace as a prize for their victory in the competition’s health category.