making testing easy
We believe that when people have questions about their health they should be able to get answers right away.
What we do
Our goal is to develop products that will allow you to test yourself on your own terms and we’re starting by focusing on developing a home herpes test.
It's about you
But really, we're here to make your life easier and better. We want to hear what you have to say about home testing so take our anonymous survey and let us know what you think!
Tests like this have always been done in the doctor's office because they're hard to perform. Samples have to be precisely measured and mixed, filtered and treated with different reagents. Unless you have a PhD in biochemistry, it's generally not the kind of thing you'd want to do at home. But our KnowNow products are powered by mechanical microfluidics systems (think tiny gnomes with PhDs in biochemistry) that do all those steps for you. The system is designed so you can just add the sample and slide it closed. Minutes later you get your results and can get on with your life.
It's important to know
An estimated 50 million people in the US are infected with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 and 80% are undiagnosed. Women go from having a less than 3% chance of being infected at 19 to a more than 30% chance at 40. We want to change that. Knowing your status is an important part of being a responsible partner and greatly reduces your chance of contracting or spreading this infection.
We want to thank Chelsea Handler for mentioning us on her show, Chelsea Lately on the E! network. We're all big fans!
talks about dating in a world with home STD tests with guest Josh Gad (min 12:30)
The Daily Beast
Is America ready for Over-the-Counter STD tests?
Huff Po Live
Pros & Cons of Do-it-Yourself STD tests
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We aren't the only ones looking out for you. We collaborate with a number of people and companies who we think are making a difference in how healthcare gets delivered.
The STD Project is an award-winning independent website and progressive movement aimed at eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day STD prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions. Find out more about sexual health and STDs, visit TheSTDProject
Diagnostics For All’s (DFA) mission is to save lives and improve health in the developing world through pioneering technological innovation. Using elegantly simple and low-cost patterned paper technology to create diagnostic devices, DFA strives to meet the needs of those living in resource-poor regions through several ongoing projects.
T2 Biosystems is disrupting the landscape of clinical diagnostics through direct detection with T2MR®, the Company’s proprietary magnetic biosensor. The T2MR technology enables healthcare professionals to save lives and reduce costs by providing sensitive, accurate, and rapid diagnostic results. T2 Bio’s products can detect any molecular or immunoassay target or provide broad hemostasis measurements directly from unpurified clinical samples in hospitals, labs and physicians’ offices.
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