STD Tests: There’s an App for That

Health & Family

Hula, a new iPhone app, is hoping to help you get lucky…safely.  The app points users to the best STD test centers, can receive their results and can even privately share said results with partners through the app — a process which is of course called “unzipping.”

(And the puns don’t even end there. The app’s called Hula because it helps “get you lei’d,” according to the developers.)

Hula and its light-hearted touch are getting endorsements from some public health experts for promoting STD awareness. An astounding 20 million new STDs are diagnosed in the U.S. every year and costs $16 billion in medical costs annually. The most recent survey in 2008 found that 110 million Americans have STDs or STIs (and many go unreported).  And, fewer students are practicing safe sex. A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of…

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