Do you have an STD? Pee on your phone to find out!

You’re out on a date having dinner with the person of your dreams. You head back to your place, light some candles, and turn on some mood music. As you start making out, you remember that new app on your smartphone that tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You decide to ask the love of your life to pee on a chip so you can plug it into your phone and determine if they’re healthy enough to continue.

Sound crazy? It could soon become reality. The Guardian is reporting that a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration have funneled £4m into the technology. No formal release date was given.

The technology will be targeted towards young people who are too embarrassed to go to a clinic, allowing them to be tested in the comfort of their own home. The hope is that people who think they may have been infected will pay roughly £1 for a test chip, leading to early detection and reducing the spread of infections to other sexual partners. It can also help prevent long-term health problems such as infertility.

Cases of STDs have been on the rise in the UK, with 482,696 new cases reported in 2009 alone. The under-25 crowd makes up the majority of the new cases, with two-thirds of the women diagnosed and half of the men diagnosed falling into that category.

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HAha but what they didn't tell you is that if your found to be infected it then sends an TxT to all in your ph book telling them your infected and should not have sex with them

I was wondering when there would be devices to connect to smart phones.
Where at the point we carry a pretty powerful personal computer on our person.
Was thinking it only a matter of time before started adding sensor like devices to the cell phones as accessories.

Hey, is this application integrated with Facebook? I would like to share the status of my STIs with my friends..

If you have to pee on your phone to be sure, maybe you are dating the wrong people. Here is a hint, if she has a cold sore on her mouth and an hourly rate, she is probably not someone you should be having unprotected sex with.

This is just... stupid. I rather have a separate testing kit (which I can use at the comfort of my home). You don't want your phone to short circuit with goddamn pee for starters. These people have too much time and money in their hands -___-

What's next? The phone checks DNA and updates your Facebook status.
"Steve Jobs was tested for Herpes via Pee Test." Comment | Like

Seriously.

They should modify this for other simple lab tests as well (IE white cell count in urine for UTI, etc). It could potentially save a lot of time waiting for tests, not to mention a doctor can just glance at your results and say OMG INFECTION and prescribe you something.

two-thirds of the women diagnosed and half of the men diagnosed falling into that category

WOW. More women with 'aids' than men... scary.

What a stupid title. It's little things like this that make neowin seem like an over sized blog rather than a big tech news site.

Lamp0 said,
What a stupid title. It's little things like this that make neowin seem like an over sized blog rather than a big tech news site.

Wow, I hate it when I read comments like this. I really irratates me. You know the slogan is "Unprofessional Journalism" for a reason. Don't like it? Go somewhere else!

Lamp0 said,
What a stupid title. It's little things like this that make neowin seem like an over sized blog rather than a big tech news site.

So I guess you never read any of the other large sites?

Gaffney said,
ipee or istd ? for the iphone.

+1 Don't forget the completely misplaced capital after the "i". So, iStd, iPeeonmyphone.

omnicoder said,
My health teacher would kill you for saying STD instead of STI if she were here.

and i would still write STD just to **** him/her off

sask said,

it's a horrible idea! lol.

How is it a horrible idea to give every person who haves a phone the option to check for an STD any time, any where? It's great! I think this will dramatically decrease STD's.

Eraknelo said,

I think this will dramatically decrease STD's.

I wouldn't be so quick to make such a blanket statement like that. The detection of STDs will increase, but the incidences of it may not necessarily decrease by that much.

Eraknelo said,

How is it a horrible idea to give every person who haves a phone the option to check for an STD any time, any where? It's great! I think this will dramatically decrease STD's.

or dirty people will just have to settle for people with old nokia phones..

Eraknelo said,

How is it a horrible idea to give every person who haves a phone the option to check for an STD any time, any where? It's great! I think this will dramatically decrease STD's.
Agreed. It may not dramatically decrease STD's but it is a step in the right direction, if every phone had this kind of technology I think almost no young people would have STD's.

Eraknelo said,

How is it a horrible idea to give every person who haves a phone the option to check for an STD any time, any where? It's great! I think this will dramatically decrease STD's.

Yeah cause if someone gets a positive almost 99% of them would stay at home and miss the party and if they go to that party they won't get drunk so they can't get involved in casual sex and spread the disease....I really would like that peoples mind worked that way, nice tool I just don't see the point, positive for some bacteria or protozoans is not equal to disease and even then you still need a physician to give you a prescription for any treatment required.

Meconio said,

Yeah cause if someone gets a positive almost 99% of them would stay at home and miss the party and if they go to that party they won't get drunk so they can't get involved in casual sex and spread the disease....I really would like that peoples mind worked that way, nice tool I just don't see the point, positive for some bacteria or protozoans is not equal to disease and even then you still need a physician to give you a prescription for any treatment required.

Not to mention that now you have used STD laden chips in the device you routinely put on the table, desk, couch, etc.

Ok now someone needs to create a fake iPhone app that claims to do this and instruct the user to urinate on his or her screen to get the results then come back here and post how many irate phone calls and angry e-mails you get from people demanding you buy them a new iPhone after they pee on theirs. Good times for all!!

Tim Dawg said,
Ok now someone needs to create a fake iPhone app that claims to do this and instruct the user to urinate on his or her screen to get the results then come back here and post how many irate phone calls and angry e-mails you get from people demanding you buy them a new iPhone after they pee on theirs. Good times for all!!
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