This episode features a series of audio interviews regarding the difficult topic of sexual health, and available solutions to support it. We interviewed London-based Health 2.0 tech entrepreneur and sexual health senior consultant Dr. Anatole Menon-Johansson—who told nuviun why he got started in the field, and what challenges and possible solutions he has worked on to transform healthcare.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are now as much of a problem in the developed world as in countries that are in the development process. The WHO estimates that there are around 500 million people that get ill from one of the four most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis (which grew in the last decade to again become a considerable problem) and trichomoniasis.
There are several key challenges that developed countries face. Many STDs don’t show symptoms (immediately or at all)—so one could be infected for a long time without detection, creating an invisible villain. In terms of treatment, the WHO says that drug resistance has become a growing problem, especially for gonorrhea. Additionally, the explosion of online technology may have also contributed to the problem over the past 10 years. As noted in a post by Discover, access to online social media platforms have made it much easier for people to meet and engage in casual sexual encounters.
We wondered how online tech could make a difference in the space and brought our questions to an expert. In the following interviews, Dr. Anatole Menon-Johansson, a sexual health senior consultant from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, provided his insight into the matter. Dr. Johansson also happens to be one of the rare individuals who has successfully implemented technological solutions in the British National Health Service (NHS) environment. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to what he has to say in the following four interviews.
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How a city can become smarter about technology and sexual health
More information about Dr. Johansson:
Dr. Johansson is the founder and director of the online health access platform SXT Health, which works with providers to improve access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. He and his colleagues also just launched a new social enterprise called SH24 that lets citizens send samples to an NHS lab via mail for STD remote testing. Additionally, Dr. Johansson works in five locations within the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark providing sexual and reproductive healthcare to citizens. With such an impressive background, it’s obvious that Dr. Johansson’s expertise contributes greatly to the need for improved sexual health around the world.