The CDC reported that there were more than 20 million STD infections in 2017, with over 300,000 Californians diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in that same year. With STD rates on the rise throughout the nation, it’s imperative to take critical action to ensure a healthy sex life.
than half of the new infections were found in 15 to 24-year olds,
which means by 2020, 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men will
have a chronic STD. It’s not easy to have a healthy sex life with
48 percent of millennials never using condoms.
a new mobile app was developed to learn about their and their
partners’ STD status.
app is called SAFE (Sexual Accountability for Everyone). It’s
designed to create a reason for people to get regular STD testing.
Ken Mayer is the CEO and founder of SAFE. He said it was designed to
help people protect themselves by getting tested.
person’s healthcare provider will upload the information to the
platform where it can be accessed right away. It’s private and
offers people are a way to show their STD status from their doctor or
the lab. President and Co-Founder of SAFE Group Lauren Weiniger said
the idea was to make it easy for people to get tested for STDs.
changing the way people are talking about STDs.
said the mere mention of STD can make people cringe, especially if
they’re dating someone new. However, it’s important people are
aware of each other’s statuses before they start to have sex.
Rather than asking a partner if they have an STD or were tested, a
person can ask their partner is they are SAFE.
U.S. alone has about 110 million STD infections. And, using SAFE
means users can set up testings, get their results and if they test
positive, can get referrals and treatment options. SAFE can close the
gap between patients and doctors and ensure people get the care they
The SAFE app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and offers more than 10,000 locations that offer testing. The goal of the SAFE app is to reduce the number of people infected with an STD and get people the treatment they need if they are positive for an STD.
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