• We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Logo of straninfSexually Transmitted InfectionsVisit this articleSubmit a manuscriptReceive email alertsContact usBMJ
Sex Transm Infect. Jun 2005; 81(3): 236–238.
PMCID: PMC1744988

Monitoring STI prevalence using telephone surveys and mailed urine specimens: a pilot test

Abstract

Objectives: This pilot test assessed the feasibility of a cost effective population based approach to STI monitoring using automated telephone interviews, urine specimen collection kits sent out and returned by US Postal Service mail, and monetary incentives to motivate participation.

Methods: 100 residents of Baltimore, MD, USA, completed an automated telephone survey and agreed to mail in a urine specimen to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Participants were paid $10 for completing the survey and $40 for mailing the specimen.

Results: 86% of survey participants mailed in a urine specimen for testing.

Conclusions: Automated telephone surveys linked with testing of mailed-in urine specimens may be a feasible lower cost (relative to household surveys) method of estimating infection prevalences in a population.

Full Text

The Full Text of this article is available as a PDF (51K).

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Turner Charles F, Rogers Susan M, Miller Heather G, Miller William C, Gribble James N, Chromy James R, Leone Peter A, Cooley Phillip C, Quinn Thomas C, Zenilman Jonathan M. Untreated gonococcal and chlamydial infection in a probability sample of adults. JAMA. 2002 Feb 13;287(6):726–733. [PubMed]
  • Bloomfield Peter J, Kent Charlotte, Campbell Diane, Hanbrook Larry, Klausner Jeffrey D. Community-based chlamydia and gonorrhea screening through the United States mail, San Francisco. Sex Transm Dis. 2002 May;29(5):294–297. [PubMed]
  • Bloomfield PJ, Steiner KC, Kent CK, Klausner JD. Repeat chlamydia screening by mail, San Francisco. Sex Transm Infect. 2003 Feb;79(1):28–30. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Rogstad KE, Bates SM, Partridge S, Kudesia G, Poll R, Osborne MA, Dixon S. The prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in male undergraduates: a postal survey. Sex Transm Infect. 2001 Apr;77(2):111–113. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Macleod J, Rowsell R, Horner P, Crowley T, Caul EO, Low N, Smith GD. Postal urine specimens: are they a feasible method for genital chlamydial infection screening? Br J Gen Pract. 1999 Jun;49(443):455–458. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Stephenson J, Carder C, Copas A, Robinson A, Ridgway G, Haines A. Home screening for chlamydial genital infection: is it acceptable to young men and women? Sex Transm Infect. 2000 Feb;76(1):25–27. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Ostergaard L, Møller JK, Andersen B, Olesen F. Diagnosis of urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women based on mailed samples obtained at home: multipractice comparative study. BMJ. 1996 Nov 9;313(7066):1186–1189. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from Sexually Transmitted Infections are provided here courtesy of BMJ Group

Formats:

Related citations in PubMed

See reviews...See all...

Cited by other articles in PMC

See all...

Links

  • PubMed
    PubMed
    PubMed citations for these articles

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...