Feasibility and acceptability of point-of-care testing for sexually transmissible infections among men and women in mobile van settings

Elizabeth A. Hesse, Lea E. Widdice, Sherine A. Patterson-Rose, Sarah St. Cyr, Laura Dize, Charlotte A. Gaydos

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Abstract

To demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of mobile point-of-care and near-patient testing for sexually transmissible infections, we offered services during an annual community event and surveyed event-goers. Forty-two participants were tested. When provided with options, the majority of participants chose point-of-care or near-patient testing. Trichomoniasis, chlamydia and gonorrhea were detected. All but one infected participant were notified and prescribed treatment. Participants responding to a written questionnaire reported sample self-collection and testing in a van as acceptable, although men reported self-collection in a van as less acceptable than a doctor's office. Providing mobile point-of-care and near-patient sexually transmitted infection testing to the general population is feasible and acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-73
Number of pages3
JournalSexual Health
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • community outreach
  • mobile health units
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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