Smartphones may soon diagnose STDs

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Got a funny feeling in your nether-region but too embarrassed to ask your doctor what it might be? If a group of British researchers have their way, your mobile phone will soon be able to tell you if you’ve got an STD.

According to a report in The Guardian, British researchers are working on a kit for phones and personal computers that will be able to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases.

The device will be small and similar to pregnancy testing kits. According to The Guardian, it will work like this:

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.

It will be able to diagnose a range of infections, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Full story: Got an STI? Just ask your phone