Internet service boosts uptake of STI test for high-risk groups
Providing internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested, including those in high-risk groups, a study shows.
The nine-month study was led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London, in partnership with SH:24, a digital sexual health service.
Participants, who were aged 16-30 and living in London, received one of two text messages.
The control group’s message listed locations, contact details and websites of seven sexual health clinics. The intervention group’s message linked to internet-based testing – known as e-STI testing – and results service SH:24.
The group given details of SH:24 was offered postal test kits for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis. After returning samples they received results via text message or phone and were given online information about safe sex and...
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