Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1 STD Test? There's an App for That 
    STD 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."

    MORE > App Tells You When Your Spouse Is Cheating

    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.
    Oh, why not?

    Observer
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2. #2  
    CU's Tallest Midget! PoliCon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    25,328
    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.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  3. #3  
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    2,838
    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.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #4  
    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.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #5  
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    2,838
    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    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.
    Well depends on the STD. Like herpes, or aids, or hepatitis... its cheaper for everybody to get treatment sooner rather than later.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #6  
    Quote Originally Posted by m00 View Post
    Well depends on the STD. Like herpes, or aids, or hepatitis... its cheaper for everybody to get treatment sooner rather than later.
    I dunno. It hasn't worked out that way much. Gays still have through-the-roof STDs even with all the education and free treatment. Women are still becoming infertile at an alarming rate from chlamydia. We can detect and manage the symptoms of herpes but can't stop the spread. Hepatitis is out of control.

    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.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #7  
    CU's Tallest Midget! PoliCon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    25,328
    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I dunno. It hasn't worked out that way much. Gays still have through-the-roof STDs even with all the education and free treatment. Women are still becoming infertile at an alarming rate from chlamydia. We can detect and manage the symptoms of herpes but can't stop the spread. Hepatitis is out of control.

    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.
    AH but with this app - you can make them take a test and get instant - or near instant results! :D
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #8  
    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    AH but with this app - you can make them take a test and get instant - or near instant results! :D
    True but would two promiscuous, drunken teens really do this or stop if the results were unfavorable? Doubtful. This is for the worried well.
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •