STD App: Does Your Date Have More Claps Than the Coliseum? There's an App for That.

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Knowing is half the battle.
So there you are on your first date, and everything's going wonderfully: You have a cozy, romantic corner booth at the Golden Corral, and she looks positively beautiful. You think you'll both be spending the night together. After you settle the bill and walk toward the car, you find yourself in that awkward first-date moment where you're not sure how to proceed with your question. With some trepidation, you lean in closer, slip your hand around her waist and whisper in her ear: "You don't have anal herpes, do you?"

All too familiar, right? Well, an iPhone app called Chec-Mate will let you avoid the awkward does-my-date-have-an-STD rigmarole from now on.

Here's how the $1.99/year-app works: You submit your pic (your face, not your junk) and download a "Screening Verification Form." You take the form to a Chec-Mate-authorized screening facility, get tested and upload your results. Presto! Now everyone will know your history, and you'll know theirs.

Of course, you might be skeptical and have some questions, which fortunately Chec-Mate's site addresses. Our favorite FAQ is "What's the difference in using Chec-Mate to share my screening information vs carrying my paper results around?" The site helpfully points out that paper results "can easily be altered," but doesn't address the bigger question here, namely: Why have you been carrying around your STD screening records? Are they always on you, or do you just bring 'em along for special occasions, like a date or a cousin's Bar Mitzvah?

Also, not everyone's Chec-Mate records might be as thorough as yours. The Web site includes a screenshot of some woman who, while negative for HIV and gonorrhea, shows a "not screened" for chlamydia. And while she shows she's positive for syphilis, we, personally, could live with a little syphilis; it's the chlamydia wild card that would really make us nervous.

We also dig the testimonials, like the one from Jennifer Freeman, who says, "I thought this was a joke at first....thank you guys for all you do!" Or Steven Peters (of Atlanta, Georgia), who says, "It's about time someone created something like this!"

Now those are two people who probably don't have syphilis. We hope that somehow, someway, they'll one day find themselves at that corner booth in the Golden Corral. We wish them the best.


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Friskyjew
Friskyjew

wow, I cant believe they really have an app for that!  I was just asked about being screened less than 2 weeks ago...guess I was the one late!  Just downloaded, cant go wrong for $1.99!

brave bird
brave bird

" The site helpfully points out that paper results "can easily be altered"

does this service realize that they are allowing it's members to submit their own paper results?! that means they can alter them before they submit them to the service. why is this matter not being addressed? It makes the whole program FAIL!

there is another service called QPID that actually has its users sign medical forms so that the rest results come DIRECTLY from the clinic, and are not uploaded by the user

Cityslicker
Cityslicker

It would be better to have an Ex-App "I had sex with", and now I have XYZ!  Test are too easy to munipulate....just ask Dr. Brown's ex-girlfriend.  LOL

figoliu
figoliu

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figoliu
figoliu

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David Houston
David Houston

Wouldn't this just encourage people to have more unprotected casual sex, and be MORE likely to contract/spread a sexual disease?  Just how many other guys/girls has Miss Yo-yo Knickers or Mr Yo-yo Shorts shown this to already, before you, and how many guys/girls has he/she been with since the visit to the clinic?  So you might think on the strength of this app, hey ho he/she's clean, who needs a condom...  And besides, why would you want to hook up and have unprotected sex with a slut who has to carry this about with him/her anyway?

Dude
Dude

They need to make an STD dating site...KEEP TO YOUR OWN!!! :)

David Houston
David Houston

It's ridiculous!  So yes you can go wrong for $1.99.  Anyone who needs apps to do very basic and pointless things, needs to see some kind of specialist...

Friskyjew
Friskyjew

I checked the site out, they have a great history!  Love what they are doing!  @bravebird I also checked out qpid, sucks, looks like some college kids trying to get laid lol, I personally wouldn't send them any info let alone my doctor!  Who puts their personal likes and dislikes in their company profile smh!  Downloading Checmate!

brave bird
brave bird

 if anything checmateapp wants money because they are charging $1.99 for it...qpid is free! and checmate just doesnt have a promising future. their branding/website doesnt look as good and most importantly people can STILL fake their results with checmateapp. even the makers of checmateapp claim people can fake paper results...lol...so they're endorsing something that can be forged. at the end of the day checmateapp is an honor system...i want something REAL and professional that is "verified" by a medical source...not by someone uploading their own results!

David Houston
David Houston

Yeh right, clearly you work for them, are them, etc. etc.

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