There is news for People who want to have self STD tests. It is difficult to ascertain as on today if the news is good news or no news at all.
Doctors and techies in the UK are on the verge of developing some small devices like microchips, similar to pregnancy testing kits that will tell someone quickly and privately if they have any sexually transmitted infections(STIs).
As per The Guardian:
Seven funders, including the Medical Research Council, have put £4m into developing the technology via a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.
Doctors hope that the ability to obtain a private, confidential diagnosis will overcome their widespread reluctance to take a test.
One of the main causes of widely spreading STD is the hesitation of people to undergo a test in a hospital or clinic. A positive test is not only traumatic; it is socially very embarrassing also. Everyone, who feels the need of undergoing an STD test, prefers it under the condition of anonymity or strict privacy. So, the availability of a “self STD Test kit” will be a very welcome and much-needed step.
The reported cases of STIs are growing and the number reached a record 482,696 last year and the majority of them are young women under 25.
How to use this Self STD Test Kit
People, who need to undergo the test have to put urine or saliva onto a USB sized chip, which can then be plugged into their phones or computers to receive a diagnosis. The result can be ascertained within minutes and can tell you which STI you have if any. It can tell you if you have Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, HIV, herpes simplex or genital herpes. Then the program will direct you to the appropriate place for treatment.
These kits are aimed at tech-savvy young guys and women as people of that age group are highly active sexually. These kits are to be sold for as little as 50p or £1 each in vending machines in nightclubs, pharmacies and in supermarkets, as condoms are.
It is yet to be seen if these STI testing devices will have the desired impact in reducing the propagation of STD.
These Self STD Test kits are using nanotechnology and microfluidics.