An STD Color Changing Condom Exists

Remember when the internet freaked out over the color-changing nail polish that would turn black if exposed to roofies? That’s not the only cool color changing product linked to safe sex that we’re going to see in the future. This summer, three British teenagers (13 and 14 years old, to be exact) have developed the concept of a condom that changes colors when the wearer has an STD.

Whoa, right? With the recent soar in STD rates and news of a previously unheard of STI sweeping the nation, this could be huge. Not to mention the fact that most of us were still buying our first condoms in our teenage years rather than making scientific discoveries. The teens explain the idea that:

“There would be antibodies on the condom that would interact with the antigens of STDs, causing the condom to change colors depending on the disease…For instance, if the condom were exposed to chlamydia, it might glow green — or yellow for herpes, purple for human papilloma virus and blue for syphilis.”

Unfortunately, just like the Undercover Colors nail polish, the grand promise of this product means that it’s going to take a while to perfect. The color changing condoms are still in its very, very early stages as of right now. It’s still unclear how long the condom would take to detect the STD on the user, and if skin cells would be enough to give an accurate reading. Moreover, we wonder if there would be a waiting period after putting on the condom, and what would happen if the condom came in contact with more than one STD.

Regardless, the idea is still a winning one, and if the product actually comes to stores eventually, we would certainly purchase it. Not to mention that if our generation isn’t being very safe about STDs, at least the younger generation is.

Photo courtesy of TIME

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