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Safe Compulsive Sex? There's An App For That.

Whether or not you're a sex addict, this handy new app allows you to check potential partners' STD's before jumping in the sack.

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I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

By Anna David

03/23/12

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There are already apps that help the sexually adventurous hook up (here's lookin' at you, Grindr), but now there's an app that can help keep those hook-ups safe. With Chec-Mate (available for both iPhones and Androids), sex addicts or anyone acting with sexual compulsivity can verify, share or exchange information about their and their prospective partner's STDs. While the app wasn't designed with sex addicts in mind, the creators are happy to help addicts make wiser choices and avoid unnecessarily spreading sexually transmitted diseases. "While we don't intend the Chec-mate app to be used as an excuse for unprotected sex or multiple sexual partners, we know that people who suffer from sexual addiction are at more risk and we believe it could lessen their risk," says Eli Dancy, the CEO of STFree Certifications, Inc—the company that created the app. "Although there are never any guarantees when it comes to screening a partner and alternative methods of protection should always be used, we believe that Chec-Mate gives people an advantage." Maybe Grindr and Chec-Mate can offer a package deal?

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