Mobile phones 'to diagnose STIs'

New technology could incorporate mobile phones to produce a portable and instant way of identifying sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Those using condoms could be extra sure they have not contracted any disease after sex by using the devices, which are currently being developed as part of a £5.7 million project at St George's, University of London.

It is believed that kits, which will be made available from pharmacies and vending machines, will analyse a sample when plugged into a phone and give diagnosis and recommended courses of action.

Dr Tariq Sadiq, senior lecturer and consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at the institution, said: "Mobile phones have changed the way we live and communicate, and our team of experts firmly believe that they open up a unique avenue for new ways to diagnose and control STIs."

St George's offers medicine, biomedical sciences and health and social care sciences education for students, as well as providing high-quality research in those fields.