Text Messaging & Sexual Health
Text Messaging & Sexual Health Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The number of cell phone users has increased dramatically worldwide, making it easier to send mobile text messages. Public health agencies are using text messaging to communicate sexual health information and prevent sexually transmitted infections, especially among young people.
The featured Innovations describe three text messaging programs in England and the United States that provide sexual health information such as testing locations or test results.
The featured QualityTools summarize and link to Web resources on sexual and reproductive health text messaging programs.
- Sexual Health Clinics Provide Most Test Results via Text Message, Leading to Faster Diagnosis and Treatment, Greater Capacity to Serve Patients
- Weekly Text Messaging Service Enhances Access to Local Clinics and Accurate Information on Sexual Health for Teens and Young Adults
- Texting Service Enhances Minority Youth Access to HIV/AIDS Information and Testing
Also in This Issue:
- Community Partnerships and Provider Training Increase Service Capacity and Access to Long-Term Treatment for Individuals With Heroin Addiction
- Implementing Clinical Nurse Leader Role Improves Core Measures Performance, Patient and Physician Satisfaction and Reduces Nurse Turnover
- Web-Based Triage and Scheduling System Generates High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Enhances Access to Sexual Health Services
- Regional Teams Enhance Ability of Primary Care Clinicians Throughout Massachusetts to Serve Children and Adolescents With Mental Health Issues
- Mental Health Clinicians Integrate Cessation Treatment Into Regular Care of Smokers With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Increasing Likelihood of Quitting