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Pee On Your Phone To Check For STDs

Cell phones have moved into just about every aspect of our lives, and it appears they are going where few devices have gone before. Sure, many people take their phone to the bathroom with them, and a few rude ones actually make calls from the inner sanctum. Now though some want you to take your phone there with a purpose, to check yourself for sexually transmitted diseases.

Ed Hansberry

November 10, 2010

2 Min Read

Cell phones have moved into just about every aspect of our lives, and it appears they are going where few devices have gone before. Sure, many people take their phone to the bathroom with them, and a few rude ones actually make calls from the inner sanctum. Now though some want you to take your phone there with a purpose, to check yourself for sexually transmitted diseases.British health officials are working on mobile phone kits that will allow the user to direct their, uhm, stream onto a USB chip sized device and then insert that into the cell phone. Any woman that has used an at-home pregnancy test knows how the routine works. No word though if the software on the phone returns a happy or sad face depending on the results.

The purpose is to stem the spread of STDs by letting users know as quickly and discreetly as possible whether or not they are infected. If they are, they can seek treatment. Some are too embarrassed or just too busy to run to the doctor's office for a test, and any delay in diagnosis and treatment could cause the disease to spread to additional partners.

If the test is positive, the software will be able to direct you to the nearest office where you can get treatment. Of course, you can also text or call your recent sexual contacts so they can get tested and treated if necessary. Hopefully there is nothing built into the software that will automatically update your Facebook status though. That isn't the status your mom wants to see.

All kidding aside, this just shows it is one more way portable technology can make our lives more convenient and possibly safer. No information was given on the cost to the user, the release date or whether or not its use would spread to other countries.

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