November 10, 2010
STI Testing Goes Mobile in the U.K.
Health experts in the United Kingdom are developing self-testing devices that will tell people privately and quickly if they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea, The Guardian reports. People will be able to place their urine or saliva on a small computer chip, plug it into a computer or cell phone and receive their diagnosis within minutes. Experts are hoping that the devices will reduce the rising number of STIs in the United Kingdom, which were up to 482,696 in 2009. Two thirds of women and more than half of men with a new STI in that country were younger than 25.
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