A group of UK schoolchildren has won an award for a conceptual condomdesign that would change colour when it comes into contact with a sexually transmitted infection.
Daanyaal Ali, Muaz Nawaz and Chirag Shah – all under the age of 15 – proposed a condom embedded with chemical indicators that would react to bacteria that causes infections such as chlamydia and syphilis.
When a specific bacterial strain is detected, the condom would change colour to warn those at risk of the threat.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. Official figures from Public Health England showed that almost 440,000 people were diagnosed with an STI in the country in 2014.
The team of students from Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex, came up with their S.T.EYE condom to help reduce the number of cases.
"We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation," said Ali in a statement.