US firm to launch safe sex passport

A US company is poised to launch the world's first safe sex passport.

A US company is poised to launch the world's first safe sex passport.

It is aimed at giving users of dating and social networking websites extra "information protection", the man behind the idea said on Wednesday.

"Some years ago I met an individual who had intercourse with someone they met online, who didn't disclose that they had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)," Gonzalo Paternoster, of Florida-based SSP BioAnalytics, said ahead of the launch of the safe sex passport tomorrow, World Aids Day.

"The idea popped into my head that people know but don't tell the truth and we needed an independent way to verify someone's health status," he said.

The safe sex passport will be available - at a cost - to anyone over the age of 18 who goes online and orders the credit card-size article.

"As soon as you order your card, you are referred to an affiliated laboratory where you can get tested for five major STDs," Paternoster said.

Card holders are tested for HIV, genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis

"When you go to the test facility, you will have to show your official ID." - Sapa-AFP

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