New App, Hula, Could Allow Users To See Verified STD Test Results Of Potential Partners
Would having access to someone's verified STD test results impact the way you hook up online?
A new app, Hula, will verify and store your STD test results and allow you to share them with potential partners online. And now Hula has linked up with the location-based gay-dating app MISTER in the hopes that users will make their Hula-verified test results visible on their profiles.
Hula is also hoping that it can help to reduce the risk of sex with people met through the proliferating location-based dating apps. Last month it announced that it was partnering with the gay dating app MISTER, which has a geolocator that helps men find other men by location. MISTER is currently publicizing the Hula service on its app and encouraging users to tap it to find local testing centers and obtain test results. MISTER is also encouraging users to link to Hula from within their profiles, making their test results available to online “friends.” Verified test results on gay sex apps would be a big change from current approaches, where it is common for individuals to self-report that they are HIV-free on their profiles. “In the not too distant future you’ll be able to see a badge on someone’s dating profile showing they’ve verified STD status by Hula,” says Hula founder and CEO, Ramin Bastani. “That can help you make better decisions about how you want to connect.”
But Carl Sandler, CEO of MISTER, says they are currently “proceeding carefully” about how to further integrate it into their app. “Verified results should be the start of a longer discussion, not a litmus test,” Sandler says. “I think in the future people will be more likely to ask for verified data, but that’s not something we’d require. There is too much prejudice and stigma against STDs and HIV, and verified data is only part of the safer sex equation.”
What do you think , Instincters?
On one hand having access to verified STD test results can aid in making informed choices, but does this verified information open up other issues?
Will sexual participants be more inclined to partake in "unsafe" sex if they see that a partner has been "verified" as STD free?
Could this verified status lead to increased HIV stigmatization?
Will it encourage people to engage in more conversations about sexual health?
What do you see as the pros and cons of an app like Hula? Is it something you'd use?
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