Ramin Bastani believed he was about to get lucky. A woman he'd met earlier that night was making her way toward his bedroom.
Suddenly, he hesitated. It didn't go unnoticed.
"What's your deal? Are you gay?" the woman asked.
No. He wasn't gay.
"What is it?" she wondered. "Oh my gosh! Do you have an STD?"
No, it wasn't that either.
Alarmed, she stepped away from him.
"Oh my God! Yes, you do. You have an STD," he recalls her saying emphatically.
Bastani confessed what was bothering him -- he barely knew this woman.
"No," he told her. "I'm afraid you might."
She slapped him across the face and walked out of the room.
It's the kind of awkward moment a lot of men might prefer to forget, but for Bastani it was the impetus for starting his company, Qpid.me, a free website that lets users text and share their verified sexually transmitted disease results with potential partners.
"I remember sitting back thinking, 'There's got to be a better way,' " Bastani says.
At any given time, there are 110 million sexually transmitted infections among men and women across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Young people contract half of all new cases. They're also tech-savvy, and that's driving the development of new high-tech STD prevention tools geared toward them.
Qpid.me users can share their verified test results for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Their status comes directly from their own U.S. health care provider. It shows when they got tested and includes a disclaimer that notes the user may have had sex since then.
The company promotes the service as a way to "spread the love, nothing else." It's a modern, flirtatious version of "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours," Bastiani says, that can make would-be lovers more attractive to each other.
"We're lining the idea of getting tested with actually getting more action," he says.
Another STD tech tool helps people have difficult conversations with past lovers. Studies show 23% of partners of people diagnosed with STDs are ever warned they might also be at risk.
At sotheycanknow.org, users can provide that warning anonymously by e-mail for free.