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Planned Parenthood to Increase Coffers With New STD App

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | June 19, 2015 | 12:01 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood (AP Photo)

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States with a multi-million-dollar budget and taxpayer funding through the federal Title X family planning law, has launched a pilot program in California to allow smart phone owners to use an app to get tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases.

“Today Planned Parenthood affiliates in California launched Planned Parenthood Direct, a new mobile app that allows men and women to order confidential STD testing kits through their mobile phone and, if they test positive, receive treatment,” the press release stated.

“This is complementary to an app that launched in Minnesota and Washington State last year called Planned Parenthood Care, which allows people to talk to a Planned Parenthood provider online and face to face through a secure video consultation system, and then receive birth control or an STD test kit and treatment, if necessary, in the mail,” it added.

“Planned Parenthood Care and Planned Parenthood Direct provide the same high-quality health care people have trusted Planned Parenthood to provide for nearly 100 years,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, whose annual compensation in 2013 was $396,866. “What’s new is now our clinicians can literally meet people where they are--wherever they are--to get them the care they need, when they need it.”

The press release does not disclose the cost of this service, but the Huffington Post reported on June 17 how the app will work.

“The app is free to download, and users can charge the $149 STD test kit to a credit or debit card via the app,” the Huffington Post article states. “For individuals who can't afford to pay, free STD testing is still available in brick-and-mortar Planned Parenthood locations.”

According to its annual report, Planned Parenthood conducted 4,470,597 tests for sexually transmitted infections or diseases in 2014.

The Huffington Post also reported that the app only test for two of the sexually transmitted diseases.

“The infections the app tests for -- chlamydia and gonorrhea -- are the two most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. and don't always manifest symptoms,” the Huffington Post article states. “Individuals sometimes go for years without realizing they are infected.

“In 2013, there were 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia and 333,004 reported cases of gonorrhea, though the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the actual infection rate for gonorrhea is more than double that number,” the article states.

The article also said it is unknown whether insurance companies operating in California will cover the cost of testing.



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