The smartphone you carry around is smarter than you know—with a handful of new apps, you can be confident that your parner’s free of sexually transmitted diseases, and prove the same to them, before you get down to business.
Short of carrying around a manila folder stuffed with your latest test results, showing that you’re good to go was a challenge before these apps. Now, that smartphone you’re always playing Words With Friends and Angry Birds on is good for helping you with getting horizontal play, too. The following apps demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re free of STDs by linking your latest medical info with your phone—safely, securely and confidentially.
• MedXSafe: From the folks at MedXCom, this iPhone app uses Bump technology, letting you and your potential partner touch and tap your phones together to share your STD status information. The data is encrypted, so no sharing of other personal info unless you want to.
• Qpid.me: This simple, free tool connects your medical 411 to a secure online database, then gives you control over whom you share your STD status info with—via text, or an online link.
• U Should Know: For a pretty affordable fee, this membership site gives you password-protected power to exchange info with your intended mates about which STDs you were tested for, and when.
• ChecMate: This free app, available for both Android and iPhone, lets you share status info via password; you also can use the tool to locate the nearest STD screening center if it’s been a while since you were last checked out by a doc, as well as treatment centers if you think you might have caught something.
Now, go out and play.