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The “smart” condom to help prevention against sexually transmitted infections

Three British teens in the UK - two 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old - have proposed an idea for a new type of condom. As planned, it could detect sexually transmitted diseases amongst intimate partners and warning about this by it’s color change. Chlamydia, herpes, human papilloma virus and even syphilis will be detected based on the existence of antigens.

The condom could, in theory, detect an infection both in the wearer and his partner. The teenagers inventors were rewarded with the top prize in the U.K.’s TeenTech Awards. The prize is £1,000 and a trip to Buckingham Palace, where they will be presented with their award .It’s yet a perfectible idea, at this stage “very much a concept and (…) not a finalized design.” but it reinforce the need of protection in the sexual activity. The new “smart” condom is called the S.T.EYE in the project and it could help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. The authors - Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah - from London’s Isaac Newton Academy made the first step. “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,” they said to the media. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 million people acquire a sexually transmitted infection every day.

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