STD Verification App Raises $3.5 Million for HUD Partnership

SAFE, an app which allows singles to show their verified STD status on their phone, has raised $3.5 million from investors including former Apple CEO John Sculley.

The platform can import test results securely from physicians, clinics or labs, as well as help users to schedule tests at over 30,000 locations.

The money will enable a partnership with HUD, the “swipe-free” and “commitment-free” hook-up dating app. It sees profile badges added to the interface. 

The collaboration launches today, timed with the start of New York City’s Pride weekend. 

Katie Wilson, Community Manager for HUD, said: “Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the U.S., both for heterosexual and queer populations.

“At the same time, sexual mores are changing, and more people are choosing to have casual sex after meeting someone via a dating app like HUD. It’s critical that casual sex should be synonymous with safe sex.”

Lauren Weiniger, the Co-Founder of SAFE App, added: “The SAFE Badge on HUD will never show a user’s STD test results, just that they have been tested recently – within six months – and can prove it.

“Their actual test results are only shown on their phone with SAFE App, never sent or shared.”

A number of dating apps have moved to support sexual health efforts in the past. Righter, a dating app aimed at US Republicans, provides an in-app doctor for consultations. 

Displaying sexual health warnings between profiles may impact the user experience by activating disease avoidance behaviours, however. Singles with an activated behavioural immune system were less inclined to connect on dates in one study.

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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