Great news! Instead of having a doctor stick a q-tip up your urethra, you’ll soon be able to discover your STD status (or a partner’s, duh) simply by taking a leak all over your fancy iPhone! I mean, sort of :
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…
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.
Fun bonus game: what STD do you suppose the man in the above stock photo just discovered that he has?!
[The Guardian via Joe.My.God.]