If you want to know if a guy has an STD, now there’s an app for that! The MedXSafe app alerts others about your STD-status, which seems cool in theory but not quite in execution.
Apparently, the app only alerts others that you don’t have an STD so it doesn’t share your medical information. You basically get checked out by a doctor and once you’re cleared, they upload that information to the MedXSafe system. Then you can “bump” information with another person who has the app. If someone bumps you to find out your info, you can accept or reject it.
Another app called Qpid.me works a bit differently. You log in to the app and if you’ve been tested, you move onto the next step where you can have your doctor fax in your test info and then you can share your results through a text or online.
Sharing your STD status is really important when it comes to sexual relationships, but doing it through an app seems so strange. First of all, it doesn’t quite seem that safe to me. Uploading medical information to an app just feels very risky. What if the system gets hacked? Then all of your information falls into the wrong hands and that is not okay.
Second, if you’re at the point where you’re going to have sex with someone, you should feel comfortable having a talk about STDs. I think it would be way more awkward saying “Hey can I bump your STD app before we bump?” instead of just talking about it.
And if you’re concerned about someone’s STD status, you should feel comfortable asking about it. Obviously there is a right way to do it, and you shouldn’t straight up say “So do you have an STD?” But you totally shouldn’t be afraid to start the conversation with someone.
If you don’t feel like you can have that conversation, then you’re probably not ready to have sex with that person.
What do you think about these apps? Do you think they’re a good idea? Would you use them? Tell us in the comments!