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Since the dawn of the “but it feels better without one” argument, scientists and innovators have been on a quest to develop a better condom. And in 2013, they got some serious funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which awarded grants to 11 innovative condom prototypes. And although the standard latex condom is still used far and wide, there are some futuristic condoms in the works that could be serious game changers when it comes to your health (and your bedroom satisfaction). Here, three we're looking forward to putting to good use when they're available:
1. The Color-Changing Condom
Sometimes we seem to forget the obvious: Condoms are for protecting against sexually transmitted diseases—not just pregnancy. But screening for not-so-sexy diseases would be a lot easier if STD-sensitive condoms ever hit shelves. Enter the idea for color-changing condoms, which came from three British teens. The winners of the U.K.’s TeenTech Awards actually envisioned a condom coated with the antibodies of common STDs, which would cause the condom to change colors when it comes into contact with the infection itself. When we spoke to the teens over the summer, they said they were working on finding a lab to start developing a protoytpe.