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Is SMS text or email more effective for recruitment into sexual health research?

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Twitter @EricPFChow, @drtrphillips

  • Contributors EPFC, TRP and CF conceived the study and designed the study. EPFC and TRP oversaw the study. EPFC performed data analyses and wrote the first draft of the manuscript. AA and RR assisted with sending automated emails and SMS to MSHC clients for the 'Geographical location of meeting Partners Survey' (GPS) Study. EPFC, CF, DML, JJO, RR and AA designed and set up the personalised email that contains information on the HIV/STI tests and vaccination. All authors were involved in data interpretation, revising the manuscript for important intellectual content and approving the final version. The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.

  • Funding This study was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant (GNT1172873). EPFC and JJO are each supported by an Australian NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant (GNT1172873 and GNT1193955, respectively). CKF is supported by an Australian NHMRC Leadership Investigator Grant (GNT1172900).

  • Disclaimer NHMRC has no direct involvement in the study.

  • Competing interests EPFC is an editoral fellow of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.