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Research Letter
November 5, 2019

Requests for Diagnoses of Sexually Transmitted Diseases on a Social Media Platform

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 2Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 3Institute for Disease Modeling, Bellevue, Washington
  • 4Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2019;322(17):1712-1713. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.14390

Although many studies document the use of social media for sharing and requesting information on specific health conditions,1,2 whether individuals obtain diagnoses on social media platforms has not been investigated.3,4 The occurrence of requests for a diagnosis on social media (crowd-diagnosis) and determination as to whether the requested diagnosis was for a second opinion after seeing a health care professional were evaluated in a case study.