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Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.
Sex Transm Dis 2019; 46(10):641-647ST

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) partner services (PS) allow provision of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/STI prevention interventions to high-risk individuals, including testing reminders via short message service (SMS).

METHODS

In King County, Washington, PS attempt to reach all men who have sex with men (MSM) with early syphilis and those with gonorrhea or chlamydia as resources allow. Since 2013, PS offered quarterly SMS testing reminders. We evaluated correlates of reminder uptake and the association between reminder uptake and postinterview asymptomatic STI diagnosis using Poisson regression, and the association between preinterview SMS reminder use and intertest interval among HIV-negative MSM using median regression.

RESULTS

During July 1, 2013 to January 17, 2018, 8236 MSM were reported with 1 or more STI diagnoses and 5237 received PS interviews. Of these, 4087 (78%) were offered SMS reminders; 545 (13%) accepted, 265 (7%) were already receiving SMS, 3277 (80%) refused. Of 2602 patients who refused and were asked about other reminders, 37% used none, 16% received reminders from medical providers, 20% tested at routine physicals, and 26% used other reminders. SMS reminder use before and after PS interview was associated with negative HIV status, younger age, and diagnosis with gonorrhea or chlamydia (vs. syphilis) (P < 0.05 for all). Preinterview intertest interval was longer among MSM testing at physicals (9.6 months) than those using no reminder (5.6), SMS reminders (4.7, P < 0.05 vs. physicals), and non-SMS reminders (3.6, P < 0.001 vs. SMS). Reminder uptake was not associated with postinterview STI diagnosis.

CONCLUSIONS

Offering SMS reminders through STI PS is feasible. Uptake was low, but higher among young MSM not on preexposure prophylaxis. The SMS reminders may increase testing frequency.

Authors+Show Affiliations

From the Department of Global Health, University of Washington.HIV/STD Program, Public Health Seattle & King County. Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.HIV/STD Program, Public Health Seattle & King County. Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.HIV/STD Program, Public Health Seattle & King County. Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.Office of Infectious Disease, Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, WA.From the Department of Global Health, University of Washington.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31517803

Citation

Ronen, Keshet, et al. "Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders Via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services On Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 46, no. 10, 2019, pp. 641-647.
Ronen K, Golden MR, Dombrowski JC, et al. Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Sex Transm Dis. 2019;46(10):641-647.
Ronen, K., Golden, M. R., Dombrowski, J. C., Kerani, R. P., Bell, T. R., & Katz, D. A. (2019). Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 46(10), pp. 641-647. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001043.
Ronen K, et al. Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders Via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services On Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Sex Transm Dis. 2019;46(10):641-647. PubMed PMID: 31517803.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Uptake and Impact of Short Message Service Reminders via Sexually Transmitted Infection Partner Services on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Frequency Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. AU - Ronen,Keshet, AU - Golden,Matthew R, AU - Dombrowski,Julia C, AU - Kerani,Roxanne P, AU - Bell,Teal R, AU - Katz,David A, PY - 2019/9/14/entrez SP - 641 EP - 647 JF - Sexually transmitted diseases JO - Sex Transm Dis VL - 46 IS - 10 N2 - BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infection (STI) partner services (PS) allow provision of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/STI prevention interventions to high-risk individuals, including testing reminders via short message service (SMS). METHODS: In King County, Washington, PS attempt to reach all men who have sex with men (MSM) with early syphilis and those with gonorrhea or chlamydia as resources allow. Since 2013, PS offered quarterly SMS testing reminders. We evaluated correlates of reminder uptake and the association between reminder uptake and postinterview asymptomatic STI diagnosis using Poisson regression, and the association between preinterview SMS reminder use and intertest interval among HIV-negative MSM using median regression. RESULTS: During July 1, 2013 to January 17, 2018, 8236 MSM were reported with 1 or more STI diagnoses and 5237 received PS interviews. Of these, 4087 (78%) were offered SMS reminders; 545 (13%) accepted, 265 (7%) were already receiving SMS, 3277 (80%) refused. Of 2602 patients who refused and were asked about other reminders, 37% used none, 16% received reminders from medical providers, 20% tested at routine physicals, and 26% used other reminders. SMS reminder use before and after PS interview was associated with negative HIV status, younger age, and diagnosis with gonorrhea or chlamydia (vs. syphilis) (P < 0.05 for all). Preinterview intertest interval was longer among MSM testing at physicals (9.6 months) than those using no reminder (5.6), SMS reminders (4.7, P < 0.05 vs. physicals), and non-SMS reminders (3.6, P < 0.001 vs. SMS). Reminder uptake was not associated with postinterview STI diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Offering SMS reminders through STI PS is feasible. Uptake was low, but higher among young MSM not on preexposure prophylaxis. The SMS reminders may increase testing frequency. SN - 1537-4521 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31517803/Uptake_and_Impact_of_Short_Message_Service_Reminders_via_Sexually_Transmitted_Infection_Partner_Services_on_Human_Immunodeficiency_Virus/Sexually_Transmitted_Infection_Testing_Frequency_Among_Men_Who_Have_Sex_With_Men L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001043 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -