There’s No Place Like Home: First-Year Use of the “I Know” Home Testing Program for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

In response to high chlamydia and gonorrhea morbidity, particularly among young African American and Latina women, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a free home testing program for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The primary objectives were to increase chlamydia and gonorrhea testing by removing key barriers and to motivate young women to screen routinely for these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The program was promoted with a social marketing campaign urging women to order home collection kits online or by telephone. In the program’s first year, 2927 kits were ordered and 1543 testable specimens returned; 131 women (8.5%) had a positive test result. The strong response, high morbidity, and program scalability indicated strong potential as a new tool for STD control.

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