Erasing the Stigma Around STIs with a Mobile App
In a groundbreaking development for sexual health in Australia, Stigma Health has launched an Australian-first app designed to make STI testing discreet and convenient. This innovative app not only provides access to testing but also delivers test results, all without the awkwardness of face-to-face doctor visits, effectively erasing the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Breaking Down Barriers to Testing
The stigma associated with STIs and the barriers to testing have deterred many individuals from getting tested. With this app seamlessly integrated into dating apps, it represents a significant stride forward in improving sexual health across Australia.
James Sneddon, co-founder of Stigma Health, emphasized the importance of transparent conversations about testing in new partnerships, making it easier and safer for couples to engage in these discussions.
Addressing the Alarming Statistics
A recent report on sexually transmissible infections in Australia revealed the risks associated with delaying testing. Shockingly, it highlighted that over 1 in 25 young people aged 15-29 in Australia had chlamydia in 2021, yet less than a third received a diagnosis. Additionally, an estimated 2,630 people living with HIV in the community remained unaware of their status.
A Call to Action
Sneddon urged those under 29 to download the app and get tested promptly, emphasizing its potential to eliminate over 100,000 undiagnosed chlamydia cases in just one week. Clients like Andrew praised the online service for offering a compelling alternative to face-to-face appointments, eliminating the discomfort that often deterred individuals from testing.
Promoting Safe Love and Removing Stigmas
In the aftermath of Sexual Health Week, Stigma Health continues to engage in critical community conversations about one of Australia’s pressing health concerns. They are challenging all Australians to take the “SafeLovePledge,” encouraging testing and open conversations that break the taboos surrounding STIs.
Stigma Health’s Impact
Stigma Health has become a vital player in Australia’s STI testing landscape, identifying 1 in 25 HIV cases and 2,622 STIs nationwide in the past year alone.
They offer comprehensive testing, including a bulk-bill option for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.