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Now There’s An App That Lets Potential Sex Partners Know if You Have Gonorrhrea

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medx Now Theres An App That Lets Potential Sex Partners Know if You Have GonorrhreaHere’s something we never thought we needed: A company called MedXCom is offering an app that lets users exchange their history of sexually transmitted diseases by bumping smartphones.

According to the company website, patients download the app, then authorize their doctors to share limited medical data to their phones. When two users touch devices, they exchange information via near field communication technology, letting potential partners know the results of tests for chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, herpes, hepatitis, pubic lice and a host of other STDs.

The Daily News thinks it’s an unromantic, but potentially practical thing for teens. We think the idea of tech-forward, responsible young people bumping cell phones is kind of cute.

It may go without saying, but the company points out that MedXSafe, as the app is called, is not a substitute for condoms.

Happy New Year’s, and practice safe sex.

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