A new mobile app is the first step in offering more secure and confidential testing outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic-centers. Earlier today Planned Parenthood launched Planned Parenthood Direct, which is a new mobile app that allows users to order confidential chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Planned Parenthood Direct is available for free download through the Android or Apple app store to California residents.
“People trust Planned Parenthood to be there with accurate sexual health information and expert care,” said Heather Saunders Estes, CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern California. “Planned Parenthood Direct™ is very convenient and it brings the confidential, non-judgmental health services that Planned Parenthood already provides into the privacy of your own home.”
After download, a Planned Parenthood Direct test kit is sent to users by mail in discreet packaging with simple step-by-step instructions. Users send a urine sample directly to Planned Parenthood labs and get test results privately through our secure app. If test results are positive, users are informed how to obtain treatment.
Planned Parenthood Direct uses the same trusted STD tests that patients take in our health centers. Users are able to send questions directly to Planned Parenthood doctors using the mobile phone app and they get secure, electronic results right to their mobile device.
“We developed Planned Parenthood Direct to reach tech-savvy people who may not have the time to visit a local health center and for those who may feel more comfortable with the privacy that a mail-in STD test provides. This app is also a great way for people in rural or otherwise hard-to-reach areas,” said Estes. “We are excited that this app will help us to deliver more of the high-quality care for which we’re already known, to many more people. You can count on Planned Parenthood to be with you every step of the way.”
The cost to order Planned Parenthood Direct is $149 and users can pay through the app using a credit or debit card. Users can also get these two tests and learn more about them at all health centers by appointment. Call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit ppnorcal.org.