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Why Is That Condom Glowing? Oh, It’s Just an STD

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Why Is That Condom Glowing? Oh, It’s Just an STD

If the condom glows, you gotta go!

When sex is done right it feels oh so good. When it’s not, uh, no. I should know; I’ve had really bad sex, really great sex, and sex I rather forget. You know, that sex that freaks you out after the fact, and your head spins with thoughts like:

Ew, I feel dirty. How desperate am I? And if he has herpes? What if I’m pregnant? 

And it wouldn’t matter that we used a condom. Kissing and grinding booty-butt naked was enough to instill the fear of STD’s in me!

PLUS: Positive Singles: A Dating App for Singles with STDs

Luckily, condoms do help; more specifically, a condom recently invented by three teenagers from the UK. While you were watching “90210” as a teen (guilty), these kids designed a condom that glows in the dark when coming near a sexually transmitted disease, and won a prize at the Teen Tech Awards. The condom changes colors depending on the STD it comes in contact with. Let me guess: red is for itchy crabs?! Actually, it goes like this: green for chlamydia, purple for HPV, yellow for herpes and blue for syphilis.

One of the 14-year-old geniuses had this to say about their health-conscious invention:

“We knew that STIs [sexually transmitted infections] were a huge problem in the UK,” Daanyaal Ali told the Washington Post. “We saw a gap in the market and we wanted to help people feel safer.”

MORE: Preventing Pregnancy: 3 Types of Contraceptives

Do you feel safer? You better. Cause if the condom glows, you gotta go!

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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