Mobile Phone App To Test For STDs…
Scientists in the UK have actually been working on a way for you to test yourself for STDs through your phone. No shit… 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. OK, maybe I’ve simplified it but basically, millions of dollars have been invested in clinical research to create 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.”
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.
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, explains: “Your mobile phone can be your mobile doctor. It diagnoses whether you’ve got one of a range of STDs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea and tells you where to go next to get treatment.” Source
So effective immediately, I will not be borrowing anyone’s cell phone. You never know what may have been uploaded onto it…
But seriously, I don’t know if I would want to be with someone who entrusts their health to their phone instead of to a qualified medical practitioner. Last I checked, hospitals are still here on earth and haven’t moved to the moon. Heck, in Nairobi there is a VCT on almost every street corner #imjustsaying
So are you ready to pee in your phone?