As a busy member of the financial services industry, where time is money, it's more than likely that on at least one occasion, you've found yourself in a situation wherein you sensed you might have had gonorrhea but didn't have the hour to spare to get to the free clinic. From there it was a few quick late nights and company happy hours before the entire firm was stricken with an outbreak. In the near future, you'll be able to avoid such incidents by simply entering a men's or women's room, pissing on a computer chip, returning to your desk and inserting it into your phone all in a matter of minutes (stage fright depending).
Mobile phones and computers will soon be able to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases under innovative plans to cut the UK's rising rate of herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among young people. Doctors and technology experts are developing small devices, similar to pregnancy testing kits, that will tell someone quickly and privately if they have caught an infection through sexual contact. People who suspect they have been infected will be able to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size of a USB chip, plug it into their phone or computer and receive a diagnosis within minutes, telling them which, if any, sexually transmitted infection (STI) they have. Seven funders, including the Medical Research Council, have put £4m into developing the technology via a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.