O15 A service evaluation comparing home-based testing to clinic-based testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in birmingham and solihull

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Abstract

Introduction

Public Health England recommends that local authorities should work towards making STI testing more accessible. Since August 2015, sexual health services in Birmingham and Solihull area (Umbrella) have provided online home-based testing.

Methods

We conducted a retrospective analysis of the clinic and online database to identify patients who undertook home-based and clinic-based testing in the Birmingham and Solihull clinics between January and June 2016.

Discussion

Home-based testing appears to be popular among asymptomatic, younger (16–24 years), white and female patients, with poor overall return rates. There may be a need for promotion of this method of testing among ethnic minorities. The current method of recall needs to be reviewed to improve treatment rates in the home-based testing group.

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