Who needs condoms more than teenagers? Well, just about everybody. But it was, appropriately, a group of teenaged boys who created this condom—which can detect sexually transmitted diseases and infections—for the TeenTech Awards. More than one million people around the world receive an STI daily, according to the World Health Organization. “A person can have an STI without having obvious symptoms of disease,” according to their website, making condoms an important part of helping prevent the spread of STIs.
So how does it work? According to their campaign, “The condom will be covered with antibodies that react with the proteins in bacteria, or antigens, found in STIs. Once the bodily fluids come into contact with the latex, if the person does have some sort of STI, it will cause a reaction through antibodies and antigens hanging on to each other, which triggers an antibody reaction causing a color change.”
Based out of Scottsdale, Ariz., they have a goal of raising $75,000.
These condoms can be supported or purchased for as little as $5 through Indiegogo.
As one of MedTech Boston's editorial interns, Lisa covers events, contributes photography and feature stories to the site and manages social media. She recently received her Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University. Lisa also earned her Bachelor of Arts from BU, with a degree in English and Philosophy. She has written for multiple campus publications, in addition to interning at Boston magazine.
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