Patient knowledge of STI testing in an urban clinic


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Abstract

Objective:To determine whether patients attending an urban STI clinic can accurately identify the STIs for which they were tested.Methods:Participants completed a self-administered survey assessing demographics, reason for visit, perceived STI testing performed, and patient satisfaction. Chart review was conducted for verification of STI testing.Results:40.7% of participants were able to correctly identify the STIs for which they had been tested. Education level greater than a high school diploma was significantly associated with a patient's ability to correctly identify tests performed.Conclusions:Patients presenting to STI clinics are generally unaware of which STI tests were done. Providers performing STI testing should inform patients of all tests performed, as well as common STIs for which they have not been tested.

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