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New Website Helps You Find Out If A Potential Partner Has An STD
Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Texas. According to the state's health department, 122,000 Texans were diagnosed with chlamydia last year -- and the number keeps growing.
Now, a new website, qpid.me, is causing a commotion in Texas. It allows users to see if their new partner has a STD.
The site is supposed to help online daters make healthy choices. Users can share their personal health information by sending someone a link. After the information is viewed, the link expires.
One frisky single I spoke to, jokingly referred to the site as "my safe valentine."
There are plenty of people looking to get lucky this Valentine's Day. And businesses are catering to their carnal desires.
"You get the beer and liquor flowing and see what happens," said Michael Navarrete.
Plucker's is holding its annual "Anti-Valentine's Day" party. And instead of confetti, there are condoms.
"I think we're going to drop them from the ceiling so everyone has a chance to grab one," said Navarrete.
Cody McGinley has been on the single scene for nearly a decade.
"Some successes and some awful failures," admitted McGinley.
She never been on Qpid.me, but is open to the idea of online disclosure.
"I would but I think that is a conversation I would want to have later on in the relationship," added McGinley.
According to the website, 1 in 3 online daters has a STD. The site lets you share your private health history with a potential partner.
"We consistently see both chlamydia and gonorrhea here every day," said Nicole Griffis.
Griffis is a nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood. She warns against trusting the information since not everyone is aware they're infected.
"Many of them don't show symptoms through course of the illness, you can spread infection without knowing you have it," added Griffis.
Your best bet? Safe sex.
"Condoms, condoms, condoms for any kind of sexual activity," said Griffis.
And for single ladies -- like McGinley -- she's looking for stability before making a sexual connection.
"I just want to make sure someone is stable and not crazy before I'm even worried about all that," said McGinley.
The website does not appear to violate HIPPA laws since all of the health information requires the user's consent. But if you want to make sure your personal information doesn't end up in the wrong hands. Your best bet it to tell someone in person or on the phone.
By Alex Boyer