TECH CRUNCH – Reproductive rights is a hot-button topic for much of the political spectrum in the U.S. Against that backdrop.
TBD Health is not-so-quietly making patient-focused and inclusive sexual healthcare available and accessible to everyone in the U.S., as it raises a $4.4 million round to scale up further.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Daphne Chen, co-founder and co-CEO of TBD Health said:
“At a time when women’s rights are being challenged by our government, it was critical for us to build a sex-positive healthcare company that makes it easy for people to prioritize their health.
“As someone who has experienced firsthand the judgment that doctors and clinicians pass when it comes to sexual health, it’s our mission to create a safe space for people to seek inclusive, trauma-aware care, as well as treatment and resources on their own terms, regardless of where they live.”
“We seek to be a solution for those living in sexual health care deserts and beyond by offering a more accessible and approachable way to taking care of your sexual health.” – Stephanie Estey, TBD Health.
The company is extending operations in the context of a huge amount of change.
At one end of the scale, people are more likely to have non-traditional relationships where multiple sexual partners are a thing, and sexual safety and testing remains important.
At the other extreme, a huge swathe of the U.S. has woefully lacking sex ed and access to sexual health clinics. The CDC reports that 20% of people in the U.S. have an STI, and that young people are not as good at preventing them as perhaps they ought to be.
TBD Health is pushing a new line of services it refers to as digital sexual health.
“We have a couple of services that are available today. One of which is our at-home STI testing, which we’re really excited about … ”