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Clinical Trials Update
February 27, 2018

Internet-Accessed STI Test Complements Face-to-Face Services

JAMA. 2018;319(8):761. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1202

Internet-accessed sexually transmitted infection testing (e-STI testing) increased uptake of STI testing, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

The 2072 participants aged 16 through 30 years were randomly assigned to receive a text message with the web link of an e-STI testing service (intervention) or to receive a text message with a link to a site listing locations and websites of 7 local sexual health clinics (control). Participants in the intervention group could order free test kits for STIs over the internet and return their samples to a laboratory. Test results were delivered by text message or telephone, and those with positive results were directed to local clinics for treatment.