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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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It seems to me that a major reason sexually transmitted
diseases get transmitted is because of the inconvenience
and perhaps embarrassment associated with getting a
blood test (where a live human might ruin your
via exposure of unhappy facts, despite supposedly
Well, these days the tests are getting sophisticated
that many tests can be done simultaneously in an
automated way. And robotic tech can do actual
Which means it should be possible to build a kiosk that
obtain a blood sample and test it, entirely anonymously.
Thorough sterilization of relevant re-usable parts should
also be built into it, of course.
The more common such kiosks become, and the more
people are seen to use them, the more likely no one
have a problem if asked to use one. And before a one-
night stand, both parties should use one --each insisting
seeing the test-results of the other.
||Actually, this is not a bad idea, and not just for STDs. Many diseases can be detected from a drop of blood.
||It would have to be quite tough as there would be quite a
big incentive for someone who knows he or she is infected
to quietly sabotage it when its their turn. oh damn,
guess were back to the good old days . Plus a lot of
naughty stop-outs carrying pure pristine blood of virgins
||And theres going to be an unconscious tramp in there
having endless blood tests
||I wonder whether the kiosk itself might unintentionally spread
diseases; I mean, it's unstaffed, its users will often be drunk or
otherwise not-concentrating, so you'd have to wonder about the
rigour of the hygiene procedures.
||Sterile, disposable lancets for diabetic blood sugar tests are Baked and WKTE. A disposabe sterile module - plastic tube with integrated lancet mechanism and blood sampler - could be rotated into position by a mechanism like a revolver cylinder.
||Make payment. When shutter opens, insert chosen digit in aperture. Press OK button. Experience brief, sharp pain in finger. Wait. When told to do so, remove finger.
||Blood sample is flushed from sampler "cartridge", used cartridge ejected into medical waste bag for incineration.
||The downside of machines like this is that if the payment is made by a traceable means i.e. credit card, then the untrustworthy and unscrupulous (usually government, but possibly also more free-enterprise criminals) could take the opportunity to collect a DNA profile from the sample.
||Ozone and ultraviolet light can be produced using ordinary
electric power, and qualify as sterilization agents. I think it
is possible that the only thing the kiosk really needs to be
restocked with are test-substances, for reacting with the
unacceptable biological entities that are supposed to be
detected by the kiosk.