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Hoax App Makes Fake Diagnosis

Sadly, there are many "snake oil" apps in the digital world.

A woman in Kenya had HIV misdiagnosed by a "prank" smartphone app--probably shared by Bluetooth, a common way in that part of the world. This unfortunate event highlights the danger of using unregulated health apps. In the U.S. there is a modicum of oversight by the FDA's most recent guidelines or Apple's more rigorous standards for this kind of app.