A new dimension has been added to online dating and social networking, with the introduction of the Safe Sex Passport (SSP). The developers claim it will help to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The initiative, which will be rolled out in the US first and later to other countries, will be introduced on 1 December, World Aids Day.
It provides people and their partners with an added layer of protection, the company says, by offering SSP cards and online health certification for use on dating at social networking sites.
The SSP is part of a confidential and digitally secure ID card system that enables the cardholder to share their current STD test results with a partner prior to any intimate activities.
Test results are accessed from an interactive voice response system by using the SSP Card serial number and user-defined security code.
The SSP system typically costs $300.00 for six months ($274.00 for renewals), which includes the SSP Card, unlimited online health sertificates and STD/HIV testing through a nationwide network of laboratories. SSP cardholders will be retested every six months as recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC estimates that 15,3-million new cases of STDs (excluding HIV) occur every year in the US.