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

By Anna David 03/23/12

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.

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

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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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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