'PRIDE' is a new app that is harnessing the power of social media to conduct the largest LGBT health study in history. With the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, many activists have begun focusing on other issues facing the LGBT community. One of those important issues is that of LGBT healthcare.
The new iPhone app is free and will function by providing a platform for researchers at the University of California, San Francisco to better understand the health issues facing minority sexuality and gender groups. Those using the app will be asked to answer a number of different questions about their overall health and medical history. The study will be conducted over the long-term and users will only have to devote about 15 minutes per week for six to nine months. Users can choose to withdrawal at any time and all information will be kept confidential.
Thanks to the accessibility of smartphone apps, the LGBT health study is likely to reach a significant number of users. Through the information gathered, researchers hope to better understand specific health concerns facing the LGBT community.