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Sun Jan 25 14:14:38 SAST 2015

'Safe bumping' app promotes safe sex

AFP Relaxnews | 29 December, 2012 14:21
An Apple iPhone 5 is displayed in an Apple store. File picture.
Image by: TONY GENTILE / Reuters

A new app offers "safe bumping" -- bump your mobile phones together and instantly exchange information on your STD status.

Romantic, no. But the makers of the app, MedXCom, hope to curb the spread of STDs among tech-savvy young people, particularly teens. 

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50 percent of US high school students are sexually active. Each year, millions of those teens contract sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, herpes, and gonorrhea. Nearly half of all infections occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24.

The app also encourages users to regularly visit their doctor for STD checks. Those who are disease-free can have their doctor post their status on the app. For those with STDs, the app lets you track your treatment, medications, and appointments.

Another app hoping to promote safe sex habits is iCondom, which can locate the closest store or vendor to buy condoms. MTV Staying Alive and iCondom are building what they dub the "world's largest condom distribution map for iPhone, the first user-generated map of its kind." 

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