You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

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America is losing the battle against sexually transmitted infections. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all hit record-high numbers in 2015. Tens of thousands contract HIV every year in the U.S., and oral cancers caused by human papillomavirus are increasing. So startups are popping up online to help serve what they see as unmet demand for STD testing. One advertises that you can "get a sexy deal" by ordering. The question is whether those companies can survive — at least one left the market before its product even launched — and whether the services they offer get the right tests to the right people. Although encouraging people to get tested is a simple enough public health message, that doesn't mean it's simple to carry out, says Kevin Ault ,...

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