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3 British Teenage Boys Design Condom that Changes Colour when STD is Detected



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How innovative!

Three teenage boys in London have come up with a concept for a “smart condom” called the S.T.EYE, which changes colour when it detects a sexually transmitted disease, Daily Mail reports.

The boys named Musaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah, are students of Isaac Newton Academy and they created the concept as part of entries submitted for the TeenTech awards. They created the concept because they see it as a way to combat soaring infection rates.


Musaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali and Chirag Shah

Reports describe the S.T.EYE as “a condom concept that includes a layer impregnated with molecules that attach to the bacteria and viruses associated with the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These would then cause molecules incorporated in the condom rubber to fluoresce a certain colour in low light, according to the infection detected. So the condom might glow green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple in the presence of the human papillomavirus which causes genital warts, and blue for syphilis, explained the designers.”

Although the condom is still a concept at the moment, the students hope it may be possible to turn their idea into a reality in the future.  

The S.T.EYE was awarded first prize in the Health Category at the final of the TeenTech awards, which are intended to promote science, engineering and technology in schools.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail/Teen Tech Awards


  1. omime

    June 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This one Na obonge! It’ll sell in Naija alot


    June 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

    wow! wow!wow! this would be the greatest innovation ever!

    pls visit

  3. Tanya

    June 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

    But the deed will have already been done. Hopefully the condom would have protected the user, else you can like to get a test and start treating yourself. HIV nko?

  4. Tanya

    June 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Good work! The deed would have been done and finished though- hope the condom protects the user in the end else…

  5. Abena

    June 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Everywhere Asians and Middle Easterner’s go,they excel.Look at the spelling bee and look at these boys too.
    The funny thing about British media is when they are excelling,they are Brits.When they are doing bad,then they are of “something descent”. THE HYPOCRISY!

  6. Doxa

    June 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Wow! This is very creative. Talk about thinking outside the box.

  7. Max

    June 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    And our teens here are busy with what?Selfies and online gossips

  8. mrs optimist

    June 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    innovative indeed,,,, how difficult is it time abstain. Renew ur mind ppl

  9. mrs optimist

    June 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    to abstain I mean

  10. vivianmorh

    June 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Ohh plss,,, wat oppurtunity is given to the average Nigerian teen for development. We youths only produce wat as bin deposited in us. Remembered wen i wanted to do a project in secondary school and i was told by my teachers to face my book which i did of course

    • tunmi

      June 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      And that is why I am grateful I was able to get out. It sounds bad but Naija doesn’t even know how to allow kids like these to BE. I remember some girls who did research with asala and its anti-fungal properties particularly with bad breath, where are they now? There is no space for innovation in Naija, and I mean pure innovation. The boxes are so rigid, it’s sad. I remember there used to be an academic competition on tv: Work It Out. I actually wanted to try out for it before I left, who knows if it is still on. I don’t understand how people fail to see that THESE are the leaders of tomorrow, truly. And there is not preparation for them whatsover

  11. tunmi

    June 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    These smart kids ???

  12. Strit Kredibility

    June 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    It would have been impossible to innovate such in Nigeria as Sex is still a taboo topic here. Any student thinking along that line would be seen as thinking sex and spoilt and would thus be disinclined to even mute the topic ever again. Nigeria we hail thee, killing dreams since 19giridim

  13. Tony

    June 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Nice innovation. Hope this is improved .upon to detect more deadly diseases. But are people expected to try a little first to see color change before proceeding to level 2?? Lol..

    Africa has talents but there is no support for creativity. U learn Arabian history, European history, world history, useless wars, do 14 subjects in college when only 7 might be beneficial. There are no labs, forums and workshops for youths . What can we really expect.

  14. goodiebagman

    June 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Tony, chop this knuckle lol. My thoughts as soon as I read it. Put the thing on for as long as possible in round one, once colour no change, toss the maga away for the rest of the session lol

  15. marlee

    June 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    don’t be dummies, the condom change when the fluid touch it of course. which i hope is both way (inside for semen or outside for whatever) then the other partner can see who is having STD but offourse no boby will be infected because of condom protection. i guess its like that, the concept i mean

  16. teekay

    June 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm


  17. Nene

    June 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I praise their efforts……My question is (in respect to our wonderful Nigerian men)
    How many of them really do wear condoms???
    If after detecting a female he’s about to lay with has an STD….will he get up right away or continue the sexual intercourse????

    • Tosin

      June 27, 2015 at 4:47 am

      he’ll continue 😉
      i don’t know how i know 🙂

  18. Tosin

    June 27, 2015 at 4:46 am

    this is what i want to do next: help advise and support in an innovation center. ccHub and so on focus on apps and web technologies, i think there is room for other simple technologies, ideas people can have from their work and lives. ok it may take me some months to get there, but that’s what i want to do sha.

    lol @ changing colour. i think it will make more men use condoms actually, it’s like a little toy that you can try and see if it changes to an angry monster.

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