16 Nov 2018

The Testimatic: Anonymous testicle check booth

8:45 am on 16 November 2018

Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to drop your pants? Meet the Testimatic.

The testimatic booth allows anonymous checks for testicular cancer.

The testimatic booth allows anonymous checks for testicular cancer. Photo: Facebook / Testicular Cancer NZ

That's a booth to allow New Zealand men to have their testicles checked without having to face a doctor.

Testicular cancer is the number one cancer in young men in Western nations and the booth is being rolled out with fanfare at the Big Boys Toys expo in Auckland.

How does it work? Into the booth, down with the pants and a doctor will check you anonymously through a little hole.

The booth is set up at this weekend's Big Boys Toys expo, a huge exhibition catering to all things men stereotypically are supposed to be into.

That's stuff like cars, gadgets, action sports, barbeque or construction machinery.

Strolling between all those markers of perceived old school masculinity, you'll run in the Testimatic, labelled as "the world's first auto ball checker".

What you do is muster your courage, step up to the booth, pull a curtain around you and drop your pants.

What then happens is not some fancy high tech screening process - instead, there's a good old urologist sitting in the booth who - through a hole - will examine your testicles.

In a matter of minutes, you'll be good to go again.

The project is in line with Testicular Cancer New Zealand's goal to raise awareness of the illness. The cancer has very high rates of being cured, but it all depends on how early it's diagnosed.

According to Testicular Cancer New Zealand, 90 percent of cases are cured - if detected at an early stage, the rate is about 99 percent.