London -For those worried about the possibility of having contracted a sexually transmitted disease but worried about a visit to a clinic, a digital service might be the answer. Such services are proving increasingly popular.
Popularity is growing, at least by the standards of a trial scheme in London. A new report shows Internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infection has doubled the testing uptake in several South London boroughs. The report is the first U.K. study to compare the effect of access to Internet-based venereal diseases testing with the conventional health model of face-to-face appointments.
The conclusion from the study conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is that by providing Internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections, this type of service could increase the number of people being tested for such ailments as syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. This would also be of particular benefit for high-risk groups.