What’s That Itch?!? Go Ahead And Pee On Your Phone to See If You Have an STD

CellphonesWelcome to our brave new world. (I’d like some soma, please if I ever have to do this…) Denis Campbell writes in the Guardian:

Mobile phones and computers will soon be able to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases under innovative plans to cut the UK’s rising rate of herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among young people.

Doctors and technology experts are developing small devices, similar to pregnancy testing kits, that will tell someone quickly and privately if they have caught an infection through sexual contact.

People who suspect they have been infected will be able 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, telling them which, if any, sexually transmitted infection (STI) they have. Seven funders, including the Medical Research Council, have put £4m into developing the technology via a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

Sexual health experts hope it will help reduce the growing number of STIs, which have increased for the last decade and reached a record 482,696 last year. Two-thirds of women reporting a new STI were under 25, as were more than half of men.

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  • Ironaddict06

    I doubt that it will reduce the number of STD’s. I think the numbers will actually increase because people will feel that they have more privacy, and won’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. Even though the numbers might go up, they should be able to get a more accurate number, if there is some type of tracking device on the chip.

  • Ironaddict06

    I doubt that it will reduce the number of STD’s. I think the numbers will actually increase because people will feel that they have more privacy, and won’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. Even though the numbers might go up, they should be able to get a more accurate number, if there is some type of tracking device on the chip.

  • Taomagik

    Gross. Pretty sad for those people so permiscuious that they would need to stink up a phone or computer drive with urine or any other bodily fluids.

  • Taomagik

    Gross. Pretty sad for those people so permiscuious that they would need to stink up a phone or computer drive with urine or any other bodily fluids.