The SAFE app is partnering with HUD after raising $3.5 million from its investors, and together, they are adding in a feature that would let users post verifiable STD results. The goal is to reduce the spread of STDs.
Community Manager Katie Wilson said sexually transmitted diseases
have risen for the heterosexual and gay communities. On top of that,
she said, sexual morals have changed, and people don’t mind hooking
up with people they just met on a dating app. Wilson said it was
important that people view casual sex and safe sex in the same
continued saying, it’s not just using condoms that can protect
people but knowing their own and partner’s STD status is also
crucial in keeping themselves safe.
users can sync up to the SAFE app, which will then show the SAFE
badge on the profile page, letting others know that they have taken
STD tests and have the results if they want to see them.
profiles started seeing the badge June 28, which kicked off the Pride
weekend in New York City.
investors that helped to fund SAFE include Caivis Investments, Flight
Ventures, Mayo Clinic and Startup Health Ventures.
has been a lot of attention going to health apps these days.
users can upload their STD results or set up a time to get tested at
a local clinic. SAFE is deemed HIPPA compliant, which means the
results are private and precise. The app will connect people to a lab
where they can spend $99 and get tested or use their insurance to pay
for testing. These results can be stored so each potential sexual
partner can see them.
app Co-Founder Lauren Weiniger said SAFE is all about privacy, which
means results are only seen to those the user chooses them to be. The
SAFE badge is designed to inform other users that the user in
question has recently been tested and has proven results. The SAFE
app only stores the information – never shares or sends it.
which is based in New Zealand, is one of the most popular hook-up
dating sites. It eliminates the need to find “the perfect one,”
allowing users to enjoy dating with open and honest conversations.
thanks to the worldwide base, more users can connect with the
resources offered by SAFE.
Weiniger said a verified status means users can’t fake the system since all the information comes from electronic health records provided by labs, doctors or clinics.
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Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that people spread during the middle of sex acts – be it orally, vaginally or anally. And, these common STIs are on the increase. The problem with STDs is that they can cause very serious health problems, but testing for STDs is easy, and the majority of them are treatable.