Student team wins $20k for app that may allow sexual disease tests to be done from home

SINGAPORE – Worried about the stigma of going to a clinic to be tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

A team of tertiary students are now working to enhance a mobile application to allow men who need such tests to do so in the privacy of their homes.

The app, which is male-specific, requires the user to submit a photo of his penis, after which artificial intelligence is used to detect any physical symptoms of an STD.

The team is now developing extra features, such as a test kit being recommended to the user, who can purchase it and have it delivered to his home. After he submits a sample of either his urine or blood, a laboratory can carry out tests to confirm if he has an STD.

On Saturday (Aug 20), the team won the top prize of $20,000 in the Open category of the sixth Medical Grand Challenge at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Organised by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the annual event aims to encourage students across various universities in Singapore to come together and explore creative solutions for healthcare needs.

To read more: The Straits Times

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