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New testing app launched by Landspítalinn
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STI Reduction Hopes Pinned on New Discreet Testing App

The National University Hospital of Iceland has launched an app to discreetly test for sexually transmitted infections. Users complete a questionnaire, receive a barcode for a sample kit, and get their results directly through the app.

“There’s an app for that”

If you are residing in Iceland and concerned about a possible sexually transmitted infection but prefer to avoid potentially uncomfortable face-to-face consultations with healthcare providers, there is a discreet and convenient solution: a dedicated app.

The app was recently released by the National University Hospital of Iceland (Landspítalinn) and aimed at reducing the prevalence of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the country.

According to an announcement on Landspítali’s website, users seeking the clinic’s services can simply complete a questionnaire within the app. Upon completion, they will receive a barcode that grants access to a smart box at the clinic. This smart box contains a sample collection kit along with detailed instructions. After the sample is submitted, the test results will be delivered directly to the app.

In an interview published on the hospital’s website, Chief physician Elísabet Reykdal Jóhannesdóttir was hopeful that the app would increase the likelihood of individuals getting tested: “We have, so far, not managed to reduce chlamydia rates in Iceland, but I’m excited to see whether this app will help us in this regard.”

In the event of more pressing issues, nurses at the National University’s Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Infections outpatient clinic will refer patients directly to doctors: “If it’s more serious, something that requires immediate attention, the nurses will react quickly and book an appointment with a doctor on the next day.”

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