February 20, 2009
STD test result by SMS
NHS Hounslow in the UK is using the internet and text messaging to encourage more young people to be screened for chlamydia, reports The Register.
The west London primary care trust has launched an online service to enable Hounslow residents aged between 16 and 24 to request free, painless self-testing kits. The results can then be sent back by text message.
Tracey Warrener, lead commissioner for sexual health at NHS Hounslow, said: "Once you get the postal kit you need to give a urine or swab sample, which is then sent to a laboratory.
"The results are sent back by either text message or call or letter. If the result does come back 'positive', it is easily treated with one dose of antibiotics. I also advise that they make sure that their sexual partner also gets tested, as they may also need to be treated.
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