It just keeps going...and going and...
So earlier this month, I was reading an article that thanks (?!?) to social media and the beauty (?!?) of online chat loving (the cheapest and oftentimes most delusional kind of dating...*ever*), syphillis and chlamydia are on the rise. In Canada (you know, the "other" North America-LOL), their syphillis rate has gone up tenfold since 2000 and chlamydia is up 66%. And if you think this is just is reference to the young techies, some of which are sure to get a vibrating tattoo as soon as it's out (*sigh*), think again. A lot of older women are contracting STDs as well because they feel like since they are past childbearing years, somehow they're also past getting a disease from someone.
Sometimes I really do wonder what the world would be like if those who were not married actually tried abstinence for a year. Oh, and those who are, remained monogamous (Hebrews 13:4). But for those who think that the thought of waiting for love, sex and a longterm commitment is a ridiculous notion, hope is here. Um, I guess. Yesterday, I read that there's a new app that's available. It's called Chec-Mate. What's that?
"Eli Dancy, the company’s founder and app creator, is looking to revolutionize the dating game and make all of our lives a lot safer. This perfectly modern little app will allow you to verify, share or exchange your recent Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening dates and results instantly, securely and confidentially...So, the next time you’re at the club the first thing you should ask for is not the number, or if she’s on facebook nor should the less confident resign themselves to simply asking for her her email address. Ask if she has the Chec-Mate app on her iPhone or Android-powered device."
Yep. Already available at the Apple store for $1.99 for a year of activation, "Users can download the app, register, and upload a photo. A confirmation email will arrive with the user’s personal 'Screening Verification Form' (SVF) attached. The user can use the app to locate an authorized screening facility and then take their form and have their screening administered at the facility of their choice. After the screening is completed, the facility will return their screening verification form and screening results to the user. Users can follow the instructions on the (SVF) to submit their results for final verification and full activation of their Chec-Mate application."
I'll just speak for myself and say that after 14 partners, I only (?!?) contracted an STD once (chlamydia). But when it comes to the other STD, Spiritually Transmitted Diseases, well, let's just say that I'm still in recovery from a lot of those (I Corinthians 6:16-20-Message). When someone invents a heart condom, somebody please let me know.
Also I just love (?!?) how the Chec-Mate article referred to the chick at the club as having an angelic face. The Bible has a verse to cover all bases (Proverbs 5, 2 Corinthians 11:12-15), doesn't it? For those who aren't Bible fans, at least rent Beowulf for a quick recap that looks can be quite deceiving and a phone app can only do so much (who's verifying if the information is accurate and up-to-date, anyway?).
Oh, but if someone does get one and actually uses it, please let me know.
I mean, condoms have been around since, forever, and people are still getting sick. And a lot of hearts are being broken even with the ones who aren't contracting physical diseases. Therefore, how safe can we really make sex outside of covenant be?
Uh-oh. Would that be a Check. Mate?
Keep me posted...