You may want to be a bit more careful in borrowing a friend’s cellphone in the future. Mobile phones will soon be equipped with small devices to allow you to urinate or spit on their phones to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases. The devices are being developed in England for both cellphones and computers. Given my recent difficulties with Apple over my alleged submersion of my IPhone, I am a bit leery in picking up the new P-App.
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration is funding the effort in the hopes of reducing STDs, which are on the rise in England. Two-thirds of women reporting a new sexually transmitted inflection were under 25, as were more than half of men.
Dr Tariq Sadiq, a senior lecturer and consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at St George’s, University of London, wants your cell phone to be able to alert you to infections ranging from chlamydia to gonorrhea.
This will bring a new meaning to “call me” signals across bars and parties. You have to watch those roaming charges however.