Internet-based screening for Chlamydia trachomatis to reach nonclinic populations with mailed self-administered vaginal swabs

Charlotte A Gaydos, Karen Dwyer, Mathilda Barnes, Patricia A. Rizzo-Price, Billie Jo Wood, Toni Flemming, M. Terry Hogan

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BACKGROUND: Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis by nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) using self-collected vaginal swabs (VS) is acceptable and accurate. The objectives were to implement an educational Internet-based program for women to facilitate home screening, to determine whether women would request and use self-collected VS kits, to determine associated risk factors for infection, and to determine satisfaction with the process. METHODS: The website, www.iwantthekit.org, was designed to encourage women 14 years to obtain home-sampling kits. Kits could be obtained in the community, requested by Internet/e-mail, or telephone. Users mailed the self-collected VS to the laboratory. Swabs were tested by 3 NAAT assays. Respondents called for results. RESULTS: Forty-one of 400 (10.3%) women were chlamydia positive; 95.1% were treated. Questionnaires indicated 89.5% preferred self-collection, 93.5% rated collection easy/very easy, and 86.3% would use the Internet program again. Black race and age

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

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Chlamydia trachomatis
Internet
Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques
Population
Chlamydia
Postal Service
Telephone
Infection
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Internet-based screening for Chlamydia trachomatis to reach nonclinic populations with mailed self-administered vaginal swabs. / Gaydos, Charlotte A; Dwyer, Karen; Barnes, Mathilda; Rizzo-Price, Patricia A.; Wood, Billie Jo; Flemming, Toni; Hogan, M. Terry.

In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vol. 33, No. 7, 06.2006, p. 451-457.

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Gaydos, Charlotte A ; Dwyer, Karen ; Barnes, Mathilda ; Rizzo-Price, Patricia A. ; Wood, Billie Jo ; Flemming, Toni ; Hogan, M. Terry. / Internet-based screening for Chlamydia trachomatis to reach nonclinic populations with mailed self-administered vaginal swabs. In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2006 ; Vol. 33, No. 7. pp. 451-457.
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