4 Startups That Are Game-Changers for Sexual Health

Sep 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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Under the current administration, reproductive health care is under threat of becoming less accessible in America. Fortunately, technology startups are committed to bridging the gap in reproductive health care. CB Insights reports that startups have raised over a billion dollars in recent years to benefit women’s health care. Whether it’s about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or educating young people about sexual health, there’s an app for that.


HelloGiggles reports the startup goPuff “aims to deliver the drugstore items you need in under 30 minutes” in 20 cities and counting, often as early as 4:30 a.m..

Although the service was created to deliver all different kinds of drugstore products, it also includes birth control, making things like condoms and Plan B accessible from your smartphone even late into the night when most places are closed. In fact, the service’s founders were extremely clear in their intention to make sexual health accessible.

“We hope that by providing the health products and sex positive products women need, women will feel empowered in their daily lives knowing they have consistent access,” goPuff explained in a statement.

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myLab Box

MyLab Box allows patients to test for STIs in the comfort of their own homes without needing to schedule an appointment and travel to a physical doctor’s office, Vice reported. The kits, which begin at $79, test for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and the sexually transmitted parasite trichomonas. In addition to urine tests, there are also kits for testing oral, anal and genital samples.

Patients will receive a kit in the mail, which provides detailed instructions for how to draw samples using swabs. If patients have ordered an HIV test, they will also draw blood by pricking their fingertip. Once the samples have been collected, the patient will send the prepaid envelope (included in the package) to a lab to be tested. If the results are positive, patients will receive a call from an STI counselor and a free telemedicine consultation from a local doctor, who can prescribe treatment options.

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Planned Parenthood Direct

Some United States residents are in for a treat. In recent years, Planned Parenthood affiliates launched apps for patients residing in Minnesota and California, Vice also reports.

Modeled after Planned Parenthood Care, an online service for patients in Minnesota and Washington, Planned Parenthood Direct-California offers birth control and STI treatment. To obtain up to a year’s supply of birth control, you’ll need to report blood pressure reading. For STI treatment, you can have your prescription sent to the pharmacy of your choice; this service requires a $15 fee in addition to the average cost of your prescription.

More: Why you need to talk to your lesbian daughter about unprotected sex

Real Talk

A new educational mobile app called Real Talk hopes to teach middle schoolers about their bodies through storytelling, Smithsonian magazine reported. It uses stories from real teens to spark conversations students may be too embarrassed or shy to ask their teachers at school.

The app is a project run by MyHealthEd Inc., a nonprofit that uses technology to transform sexual health for teenagers. Real Talk will launch later this year in the fall and has since received funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health.

By Danielle Corcione

Originally published on HelloFlo.