Daily Campus (UConn) (11.17.2013)
The Daily Campus at the University of Connecticut reported that a new app helps sexually active adults get tested for STDs on a regular basis and provides an outlet for communicating results with partners. The app’s creator, Ramin Bastani, first started an online site to locate STD testing facilities and share results after a potential partner slapped him in the face when he told her he was concerned she might have an STD. The incident prompted Bastani to think, “There’s got to be a better way” for people to share their STD test results.
Bastani then created the app Hula, which is available currently for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Hula has four main functions for users. The first feature searches an ever-growing database to find the best STD testing locations; users also can access previous patient reviews of the testing locations. The second assists users in obtaining their STD results by simply clicking on “request my results,” which sends a fax to the testing provider. The third is an easier way to share the results with partners, either by giving them the device to “unzip” the results or by sharing the results through the app if they also downloaded it. The fourth function is a six-month automatic reminder to get retested.
Bastani’s intention is to use the app to reduce the difficulty and awkwardness of getting tested for STDs and sharing the results with partners. He thinks college students will appreciate the app but believes it will be useful to everyone.