• Journal Article

Fully integrated e-services for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections: Results of a 4-county study in California

Citation

Spielberg, F., Levy, V., Lensing, S., Chattopadhyay, I., Venkatasubramanian, L., Acevedo, N., ... Gaydos, C. A. (2014). Fully integrated e-services for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections: Results of a 4-county study in California. American Journal of Public Health, 104(12), 2313-2320. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302302

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We examined the acceptability, feasibility, and cost of a fully integrated online system (eSTI) for sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, treatment, and linkage to care with 4 Northern California health departments. METHODS: In April 2012, we implemented the eSTI system, which provided education; testing of self-collected vaginal swabs for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis; e-prescriptions; e-partner notification; and data integration with clinic electronic health records. We analyzed feasibility, acceptability, and cost measures. RESULTS: During a 3-month period, 217 women aged 18 to 30 years enrolled; 67% returned the kit. Of these, 92% viewed their results online. STI prevalence was 5.6% (chlamydia and trichomoniasis). All participants with STIs received treatment either the same day at a pharmacy (62%) or within 7 days at a clinic (38%). Among participants completing follow-up surveys, 99% would recommend the online eSTI system to a friend, and 95% preferred it over clinic-based testing within a study. CONCLUSIONS: The fully integrated eSTI system has the potential to increase diagnosis and treatment of STIs with higher patient satisfaction at a potentially lower cost