Sexual health app points students in the right direction

Another application targeted towards young adults called Hula was released November 9.

Ramin Bastani, CEO and founder of Hula, said the application locates users to the closest place where STD testing is available. The app then allows users to receive and download records to their iPhones.

“Usually what they say to you is, ‘Hey, you just got tested today and if you don’t hear back from us in 10 days or two weeks, no news is good news,’” Bastani said. “That’s how they deliver your results, which is really shitty.”

The application allows users to privately share their tests. The display shows an actual zipper, where users have to “unzip” their information for others to privately view their profile.

“The idea, especially for college students, what Hula does is it helps you make better decisions before you hook up with someone,” Bastani said. “It makes a really super awkward conversation less.”

Users cannot upload or change their profile. Only health care providers have that authority.

“This is closer to your personal health records,” he said. “It’s not a dating site where you can just look for someone. You can’t search for anyone in any way.”

Bastani said Hula reminds users to get tested after a certain amount of time. He said there has been a large interest from college students, and most people use it after finding matches on other apps such as Tinder.

As of Tuesday, the application has a five star rating and is available for iPhone users.

Bastan said by the end of 2014, the application is expected to havemore than 100,000 users.

“We like to joke and say we help you get laid safely,” he said.

Luke Nozicka can be reached at, on Twitter at @LukeNozicka, or 536-3311 ext. 268.

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