Soon Your Cell Phone Will Tell You if You Have Herpes
Hot on the heels of (but completely unrelated to) Sesame Street's "There's an App for That" there really is an app for that...that being that unpleasant burning sensation. Doctors and technology experts in the UK are developing tiny computer chips that you'll be able to plug into your computer or phone after moistening them with urine or saliva -- and find out if you've got herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or whatnot.
Apparently the devices are aimed at "technology-savvy" young people, who would be able to buy them for less than a buck in nightclubs, drugstores, and supermarkets. Doctors hope that they will reduce STDs among people who "are too embarrassed" to go to a doctor -- but not too embarrassed that their phone smells like pee.
Seriously, though -- good times, these. What it will save on co-pays!
[via The Guardian]
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