Did you hook up and wake up with sex spots?
People wear condoms before they hump.
Condoms protect from pregnancy and most Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
Did you just say "most" STDs?
Every week, dermatologists diagnose and counsel patients with newly acquired skin STDs. Often, people think of HIV when they think of STDs. However, far more common, more visibly notable, and not as preventable by condoms are skin STDs like:
These skin STDs often cluster on the skin, in areas not protected by condoms (think upper thigh, hips, and lower stomach).
So, thigh-to-thigh contact, or stomach-to-stomach contact and voila, you have an STD.
Next Day Regrets? Nah!
Interestingly, our clinic sees many skin STDs but not many after-hook-up regrets. On the contrary, the most common questions we get are:
-I am not going to stop hooking up, I get blood STD testing always, but how could I have known about a skin STD?
-Could I have seen or screened this on my partner?
-Why didn't the condom protect me?
-How do I avoid people with skin STDs?
"Patients want to get back into the scene, but they want to be more prepared for spontaneous moments. And skin STDs are hard to see, especially in the dark." says Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Dermatology Houston.
People could pull out flashlights and examine their partner before sex. Or.......
Bump Phones Before The Hump?
People wear condoms before they hump. Should they also bump phones before the hump? Can we have an app for that?
We need more apps for STD-free sexual encounters. It is not like we are going to stop the random hook ups. So, we need more ways to help minimize skin STD spread beyond what condoms can do.
What about an App that gives you an all clear? The bump before you hump app?
Hoping to Hook Up? How The Bump Before You Hump App Could Work?
-Go in to your dermatologist for a exam for skin and other STDs
-The doctor gives you an all clear on the Apps doctor-dashboard
-When you find a hook up, you bump phones, and if both partners are clear then both phones give a green screen indicating an all clear (i.e both sides have been screened and cleared by a dermatologist).
-Bump phones ->Apply condom-> And off you go.
-But use the bump carefully. The app only gives you the all clear once. Then you need another dermatologist screening. The idea is bump then hump (with a condom) to double your protection
-The App is free and ad based revenue is generated so more people use it.
The downsides are many, but workable. Just to name a few:
-Like a condom - it is not 100%, it just improves your odds of safe sex.
-STD screening and testing can produce false negatives (so you think you have no STD but really do...just in early non-detectable stages that are still contagious).
-Software glitches can flag people negative wrongly or flag people positive wrongly. Hackers can have a ball with this kind of app.
-Human error can also occur. Doctors are not perfect.
-Time - STDs do not form instantly. So, you get the all clear from the doctor and new spots show up after the visit.
-Many sexually active people get blood STD screenings regularly, it will take time to educate people on the need for skin STD screenings as well.
What Next? Bump before the Hump.
Just like condoms, this could be part of a public education campaign. Use protection and bump phones before you hump.
Will it work? Is it a good idea? We do not know. We are just opening it up for discussion. This is definitely not medical advice nor should replace the advice of your doctor.
Well, we do not know. We just thought if we shared this idea someone can run with it and help others. But we would love to hear feedback. And if you develop it, we would love a cut of the profits :)