March 8, 2013
New iPhone App Offers STD Diagnosis
Self-diagnosis of STDs can often be wrong, and many are reluctant to consult a doctor because of embarrassment. STD Triage allows users to anonymously gather information to find out whether what they see is indeed signs of an STD. If an assessment indicates an STD, Börve said users may feel compelled to seek treatement.
Here's how it works: Download the free app from the App Store. Take a picture of the skin problem and submit it to STD Triage, along with the form describing your symptoms and brief sexual history: "have you had unprotected sex in the last month?" (You will not be asked to send personal identification information such as your name or email address.) Your request is then reviewed by a dermatologist, who will respond within 24 hours. Users then pay $10 to read the assessment.
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-- The accuracy of Apps that Aim to Detect Skin Cancer can vary significantly, according to a study published in January. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center evaluated four smartphone apps meant to determine whether moles have morphed into cancerous melanomas. The best-performing app accurately identified cancerous moles 98.1% of the time, while the worst picked them up only 6.8% of the time, according to the study. [via WSJ]
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