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.

Link to “Can Text Messaging Results Reduce Time to Treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis?” (Subscription only)

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HPV Fact Sheet (2014)

This fact sheet, published by the Centers for Disease Control, provides information about Human papillomavirus (HPV).  Information about symptoms, prevalence, treatment, HPV & cancer and vaccination are included.

Link to CDC’s HPV Fact Sheet

There are additional HPV fact sheets that focus on specific topics as well:

Link to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Fact Sheet

Link to Making Sense of Your Pap and HPV Test Results Fact Sheet

Link to HPV Vaccine Information For Young Women Fact Sheet

Link to HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians Fact Sheet

Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois

 

As of January 1, 2010, health care professional in Illinois will be able to provide antibiotics to the sexual partners of patients infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea, or Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) without examining the partner–Public Act 96-613.

On this webpage, there are links, in both English and Spanish, to fact sheets for partners of individuals infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea, treatment for those infections, and a fact sheet about repeat infections of STDs.

 

Citation: The Illinois Department of Public Health. (2010). Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois. Retrieved from http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/std/ept_cg.htm

Link to “Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Illinois.” 

Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States (2009)

This fact sheet compiled by Guttmacher Institute provides detailed information and data from a variety of resources regarding sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.  A variety of topics are discussed including medical costs, symptoms, populations at risk, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, HPV, HIV, AIDS, prevention, testing, and treatment.

Some interesting facts include:

  • Close to 40% of people who test positive for HIV are diagnosed with full-blown AIDS within one year, and the majority of those who get an HIV test late in the course of their infection do so because they are already ill.
  • To date, there are vaccines for only two viral STIs: hepatitis B and HPV. The hepatitis B vaccine was introduced in 1982, and today an estimated 70 million adolescents and adults, and more than 50 million infants and children, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The vaccine protecting against four high-risk strains of HPV was introduced in 2006, and as of December 31, 2008, 23 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed in the United States.
  • Direct medical costs associated with STIs in the United States are estimated at $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars. More than $8 billion is spent each year to diagnose and treat STIs and their complications, not including HIV.

Link to Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States (2009) [PDF]