Planned Parenthood rolled out a new app in California last week, which allows people 17 years old and up to order and discreetly receive home collection kit for two common sexually transmitted infections, chlamydia and gonorrhea, and later receive the results.
Using the free app, an individual can order the $149 discreetly packaged Planned Parenthood Direct STD test kit with a California mailing address. Collect the urine sample and return to any Post Office in the pre-addressed and prepaid package.
Your confidential results will be received via the app in 5-7 days.
If you test positive for either or both of these STDs, Planned Parenthood will give you treatment options via messages on the app.
The app requires iOS 7.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
The most common bacterial STI, Chlamydia is the most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States.
Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. It is a very common STD, especially among young people. It is estimated that 1 in 15 sexually active females aged 14-19 years has chlamydia.
Known as the “silent” infection because it is so often asymptomatic, untreated Chlamydia an carry some serious complications to include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is a major cause of infertility,ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.
In pregnant women, untreated chlamydia has been associated with pre-term delivery, and can spread to the newborn, causing an eye infection or pneumonia.
CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing for all sexually active women age 25 or younger and older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (e.g., women who have a new or more than one sex partner), and all pregnant women.
Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. CDC estimates that, annually, 820,000 people in the United States get new gonorrhea infections and less than half of these infections are detected and reported to CDC. CDC estimates that 570,000 of them were among young people 15-24 years of age. In 2011, 321,849 cases of gonorrhea were reported to CDC.