Independent Collegian (08.14.2013)
A new smartphone mobile app allows users to find sensitive health information on various topics, including sexuality, body changes, sex and sexual activities, STDs, birth control, and pregnancy. Fabrizio Dolfi, founder of MySexDoctor.org, created the app to encourage young people to learn more about sexual health. “The point of this app is to try to get teenagers and young people to want to learn about sex and to point out things that they should know,” Dolfi said.
Dolfi wanted the app to be available to people at all times so it does not require Internet access once downloaded. The full, paid app is restricted to people older than 17, and a free “lite app” is available to teens older than 12. “The majority of teenagers have a smartphone and going forward, that number is just going up,” Dolfi said, noting that he “chose an application because it fits in your pocket and is with you at all times.”
It took more than two years for Dolfi to create the comprehensive, user-friendly app. He wanted to “change the way people access sex education.” The app provides information beginning at puberty and goes into more detailed information on sexual activities in the adult version. “The body starts changing, then one starts experiencing feelings for other people, next he or she enters the flirting and dating arena and at some point things become physical,” he said. “Once a person becomes sexually active and starts discovering the beauties and challenges of lovemaking, he or she also starts being exposed to various risks like STDs and unwanted pregnancies.”
Dolfi wanted the emphasis to be on sex education so he declined to make advertisers and investors part of the app to avoid distractions. The app, launched in July, is based out of England but Dolfi hopes to make it available soon in the Unites States and beyond. Dolfi said the app would evolve and expand with time with content expansion, weekly stories, meetings hosted by experts, and additional languages.