Three young teenagers who attend the Isaac Newton Academy in London recently won a prize at the TeenTech Awards for a concept they developed: condoms that not only prevent STIs, but also test for them. The media immediately exploded with news of these color-changing condoms that can detect STDs, but Martha Kempner points out in RH Reality Check that these condoms are but a concept... and should perhaps stay that way.
Kempner applauds the ingenuity of the these students, averring that the concept has gotten people talking about the options that actually are available for STI testing. But she questions a number of things regarding the feasibility of the concept, including its financial viability, our ability to attach the necessary antibodies to latex, and the implications of learning one has an STI while already in the midst of sexual intercourse.
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