Sunday, December 01, 2013

December 1st is World AIDS Day



More than 35 million people now live with HIV/AIDS. 

While various activities are going on around the world to mark this day – there is one action sexually active people can take immediately to lower their risk.  Download the Hula app on December 1st, 2013.
Formerly known as Qpid.me., Hula makes STD testing much easier by helping people:

1. Find the best places to get tested – think Yelp for STDs.
2. Get test results online or on your app.
3. Share test results in a confidential and fun way (see the unzip feature on the app)
4. Get reminded when it’s time to get tested again.


Statistics also show that 20 million people are getting a new STD annually.  Lastly, a recent poll from the New York City Health Department found that the majority of New York City residents are not using condoms.

What is the answer? Technology that makes getting tested for an AIDS/STDs easier. According to Hula founder and CEO, Ramin Bastani “The 2013 theme for World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.



Hula launched a free iPhone app that empowers people to find the best STD test centers, get their results online and confidentially share their verified status by unzipping their profile. Hula makes getting tested for STDs easier and is the first personal health record focused exclusively on STDs and sexual health.  Hula is also available on the web, where it was formerly know as Qpid.me.
See the Hula app and zipper feature here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hula-find-clinic-or-doctor/id681370869?mt=8


Hula makes STD testing easier by helping people:
1. Find the best places to get tested – think Yelp for STDs.
2. Get test results into your personal health record online or on your phone.
3. Share test results in a confidential and fun way (using the zipper feature).
4. Get reminded when it’s time to get tested again.

“This is healthcare that doesn’t look or feel like healthcare.  We’re making STD testing suck less and helping people have more safe sex.  People love playing with the zipper and use it as a way to bring up the ‘have you been tested?’ conversation” said the founder and CEO of Hula Ramin Bastani.  Ramin was recently referred to as the safest man in America to have sex with given how frequently he gets tested.  “The explosion of location-based online dating/hooking up is further driving the need for more testing and we make the whole process much easier.”

U.S. Statistics on STDs:
• About 20 million new STDs occur annually, half of which are contracted by youth. (CDC)
• About $17 billion per year in direct medical costs come from STDs. (CDC)
• The U.S. has the highest rate of STDs in the industrialized world. (CDC)
• Gonorrhea has risen for the first time in decades and some strains are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

About Hula:
Formerly know as Qpid.me, Hula makes STD testing easier.  The iPhone app and website empower people to find the best STD test centers, get their results online and confidentially share their verified status by unzipping their profile for partners.
How It Works:
• Use Hula to find the best place to get tested for STDs.
• Get tested anywhere in the U.S.
• Use Hula to request your results from the app or online.
• Get your test results sent directly into your secure Hula personal health record from your health care provider.
• Hula verifies your status while digitally displaying your test results into a form that is easier to understand (i.e. positive or negative).
• Use Hula to share your test results/status with a partner in person or online.
Hula users have strict control over their personal health information and profile.  Sharing is completely optional.  Users cannot upload their own STD results – they must come directly from the health care provider.
Utilizing smart design and technology, Hula believes it will dramatically reduce STDs through its radically different approach to prevention.  The company’s mission is to help people make better health decisions by giving them high quality information at their fingertips.
Social Media:
• Web:     www.gethula.com
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/gethula

 


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