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Monday, November 15, 2010

Think You Got Gonorhhea? There's An App For That.

Posted By and on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

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Looking to ward off burning, warts, or other troubling developments down in the nether regions? Well, now there's an app for that. Thanks to the city's Department of Public Health, you can use your cell phone.  

STD411 -- available for download on iPhones -- will alert gay, bi, or trans men about the risk level of their sexual behavior. A red condom indicates a high risk activity, a green one means all clear, a yellow one means you're in the grey zone. Just like terrorism alerts -- but those are not missiles, folks.

The DPH has never been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to gay men's health. This is, after all, the city agency behind the Healthy Penis campaign featuring smiling man-sized cocks who show up at such places as the Folsom Street Fair or the sides of Muni buses. When the party line on teen sex ed across the country seems to be abstinence only, the DPH developed SEXinfo, a sexual health text messaging tool for teens. (Hey Johnny, use a rubber! LOL!)

STD411, free from iTunes, is the latest attempt by the DPH's STD unit to curb the rising rates of syphilis and rectal and pharyngeal gonorrhea among gay men in the city. They call these phones smart for a reason.  

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