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Phone sex: information technology (IT) and sexually transmitted infection in young people
  1. Mary Hernon,
  2. Jennifer Hopwood,
  3. Harry Mallinson,
  4. A K Ghosh
  1. Liverpool Laboratory, PHLS North West
  2. Arrowe Park Hospital
  1. Dr M Hernon, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral, CH49 5PE mary.hernon{at}

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Editor,—The recent article on the acceptability of home testing for chlamydia was noted.1 We would like to extrapolate this concept. Young people could be accessed via an internet clinic. Our experience during the chlamydia pilot study is that this population makes extensive use of technology, in particular mobile phones. The presence of sex on the internet has been widely publicised. We propose that testing for sexually transmitted infection (STI) via the internet is the next logical step.

The chlamydia pilot study was funded by the Department of Health, to investigate the feasibility of screening 16–25 year old women (and some men), for chlamydia, using a …

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