#1 STD Test? There's an App for That11-08-2010, 10:16 PMSTD Test? There's an App for That
By Ben Popper
November 8, 2010 | 1:16 p.m
Gives a whole new meaning to status update.
British health officials are hard at work on a new app that will allow users to pee into their cell phones and find out within minutes if they have an STD.
Seriously, we could not make this stuff up if we tried.
According to The Guardian, £4 million have been invested in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, which is creating a smartphone app that will allow users, "to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size of a USB chip, plug it into their phone or computer and receive a diagnosis within minutes."
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The techno-savvy approached is aimed at young brits, who apparently are too embarrased to visit the doctor face to face and have been experiencing rising rates of STDs (or STIs if you prefer.)
"Your mobile phone can be your mobile doctor. It diagnoses whether you've got one of a range of STIs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea and tells you where to go next to get treatment," Dr Tariq Sadiq, a senior lecturer and consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at St George's, University of London, who is leading the project, told The Guardian.
11-08-2010, 11:08 PM
I'd say that this app was custom made for the DU - but how often do any of them get out of their mom's basement long enough to even get a disease?Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
11-08-2010, 11:16 PM
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This is a pretty good idea actually, regardless of whether you have socialized or privatized medicine. Either way, it will reduce longterm health care costs.
11-08-2010, 11:29 PM
I don't know that it will do much of anything. Promiscuous people generally only know they have an STD when the girlfriend gets the traditional 6 month pelvic. The women are already getting screened if they are on hormonal birth control.
They might tell a supposedly monogamous male partner but they won't tell all their hook-ups. Men are more likely to take a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Basically, this an app for hypochondriacs and women who can trick men into taking it.
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11-08-2010, 11:47 PM
Basically, the more we know, the less we can do against the spread even with free testing and free treatment. The easy, free part doesn't seem to have an effect on behavior.
I mean, you would actually have to demand a recent STD screen (within 6 weeks or less) before you had anal, oral, or vaginal sex with a new partner to put a dent into it. Even then, HPV transmitted from fingering would still be a hazard and you'd have the lag time between infection and test results.
Or you could just confine sex to marriage between two virgins.........nah, that would never work.
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