National Guidelines for Internet-Based STD/HIV Prevention (2010)

Summary:

A user-friendly document developed to aid health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations using the Internet as a tool for the control and prevention of STDs including HIV. The Guidelines focus on three distinct types of Internet activities: Internet-based Partner Services (IPS), Outreach, and Health Communications.

  • “This section of the Internet Guidelines makes recommendations for conducting Internet-based partner services (IPS), which includes Internet-based partner notification (IPN), for both STDs and HIV, in virtual settings, such as through e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and in chat rooms.”
  • “This section of the Internet Guidelines makes recommendations for conducting STD/HIV prevention outreach and recruitment activities on the Internet and through virtual settings, such as chat rooms, social networks, bulletin boards, e-mail groups, and other online communities.”

Citation: National Coalition of STD Directors: Promoting Sexual Health through STD Prevention. (2010). National Guidelines for Internet-based STD and HIV Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.ncsddc.org/Internet_Guidelines

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Can Text Messaging Results Reduce Time to Treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis? (2009)

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This article, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infectionsexamines the impact of text messaging as the preferred method of communicating positive Chlamydia trachomatis test results to patients and see if there was a reduction time to treatment.

The researchers found no significant difference in median time to treatment for all patients, which differed from an earlier study which did find reduced median time to treatment after the introduction of text messaging.  However, this study showed that there was not ethnicity disadvantage associated with text messaging and supports the notion that using text messaging is at least as effective as traditional means of communication.

Citation:

Lim, E. J., Haar, J. and Morgan, J. Can text messaging results reduce time to treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis? 2008. Sex Transm Infect. 84:563-564.

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