You about to get it on with your lady and you have used the necessary precautions but suddenly your crotch begins to light up (not the good kind) a luminous green, blue or yellow. What follows next is a disturbing moment of awkward silence.

This is a situation you could find yourself in once the STD detecting condom called the S.T.EYE becomes something more than a concept. These bad boys were invented by three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in London, as part of a STEM competition.

STIs will no longer be like ‘a needle in a haystack’, as this invention lights up if in the vicinity of specific sexually transmitted infections.

According to Medical Daily “The condom would work by being infused with molecules that luminesce in low light when they become attached to genetic material from bacteria and viruses known to cause STIs like chlamydia and syphilis. And yes, it would be color-coded, with green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes genital warts, and blue for syphilis.”

This clever idea won first place for the Health Category in the TeenTech awards this year. However, before you all line up to purchase these bad boys. Keep in mind that the S.T.EYE is more of a concept than an actual product. As there kinks that need some ironing out.

1. Would it detect the condom wearer or the partner’s possible STIS?
2. How do you know which is which?
3. Here is the nasty bit- what if there are a plethora of STIs?

The most interesting question is- what do you tell your partner when their crotch begins to light up?

Prepare for an awkward conversation. Although, nobody likes those moments, these boys are on the right track and we could take a cue from them as far as safety during pleasure goes.

 

– Alice Paulse