Time reported that three British teens, two 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old—have proposed an idea for a new type of c0nd0m that could detect s.e.xually transmitted diseases amongst intimate partners.
The proposal won the trio the top prize in the U.K.’s TeenTech Awards, and they have already reportedly been approached by c0nd0m companies.
In 2015 an eye-catching story about the award-winning creative idea of three teens in England: condoms that change colour when they detect a s.e.xually transmitted infection had many raising eyebrows.
Young people who do not like using condoms during s.e.xual intercourse are the main cause behind the high rate of unwanted babies and the spread of s.e.xually transmitted infections such as HIV.
This new c0nd0m could potentially reduce the number of people getting s.e.xually transmitted infections.
According to Tara Haelle a Pharma and Healthcare Contributor at Forbes the boys based their idea off a common testing method that’s been in use for decades, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA, reported the BBC. Already used in STI tests such as those for HIV and herpes, an ELISA uses enzymes that change colour when both the antibody you’re looking for and a third chemical are added.
Source: Daily Sun