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New apps to encourage teens to be smart and avoid contracting (and giving) STDs.

Your smart phone can do just about anything. Remind you of your mom’s birthday. Tell you what song is playing on the radio. Illuminate a dark room through the flashlight app. And in new strides to prevent the spread of STDs among teens:

  • Let your partner see your STD test records to prove you’re STD-free (or not.)
  • Find a condom nearby.

Oh it’s amazing what technology will do.

Read more from PolicyMic: Can iPhones Help Millennials Practice Safer Sex?

Stopping the spread of STDs

While the jury is out on if these apps really will stop the spread of STDs, one thing is very encouraging – at least people are trying. Developers are working to promote public health and stop a growing problem – particularly among our nation’s youth. MedComX is behind the “bump” app where you can exchange STD info with one another. MTV is backing the local condom search.

In a time when STD cases are rising, it’s encouraging to see health tools developed and the number of treatments going up. Public and private funds for STD education, STD testing and STD treatment are helping. For example, in York, PA the Expedited Treatment Partner Program fights the war on  STDs – and it’s working.

Officials said the good news is that it appears more people are being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. – WHTM/ABC 27

How can I do my part to fight STDs?

So what role can you have in fighting STDs? As time goes on, I think even more tools will be accessible to fight off the spread of disease. In the meantime –

  • Promote STD testing (ARCpoint Labs is a great place to go – no insurance needed, confidential results.)
  • Use protected sex (download the app if you need to find a nearby condom store.)
  • Disclose your STD to your partner (if you have one.) Let them take steps to prevent contracting it, too.
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9 comments

  1. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Brandon on January 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    It will be interesting to see what kind of effect these apps have on the upcoming generation.

  2. Comment by ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park on January 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I think it is great that MTV is behind the local condom movement. MTV is looked up to by these young adults so it’s good to see they are there for them.

  3. Comment by Arcpoint Labs of South Charlotte on January 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    It’s amazing what kind of apps are available. These apps are a great step in the right direction.

  4. Comment by ARCpoint Labs of Cuyahoga Falls on January 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It is good that the advancement of technology has also advanced STD awareness.

  5. Comment by ARCPoint Labs of Fort Myers on January 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    It seems to me that whoever cares enough to download this app would also care enough to already know where to get one. I wonder how effective this will actually be.

  6. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Brighton on January 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    It’s awesome how creative the app developers are. They seem to think of apps for every little aspect of life.

  7. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Ann Arbor on February 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    What a clever app. It sounds a lot more productive way to spend your time than angry birds.

  8. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Overland Park on February 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Pretty crazy! Sounds so weird at first, but I bet this really will help teens and young adults practice safer sex.

  9. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Norwalk on February 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    These apps sound like a good idea, but the old fashioned stance – be safe, always – is will always be the best first step.

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