Table 1 Results of introducing text messaging to communicate positive Chlamydia trachomatis
General demographicsNumber (%)
March to August 2005March to August 2007
Total cases of confirmed C trachomatis303293
Gender
Female172 (57%)163 (56%)
Male131 (43%)130 (44%)
Age group
14–15 years11 (3.6%)8 (2.7%)
16–19 years89 (29.4%)92 (31.4%)
20–25 years144 (47.5%)134 (45.7%)
26–35 years50 (16.5%)44 (15.1%)
⩾36 years9 (3%)15 (5.1%)
Ethnicity
New Zealand European135 (44.6%)142 (48.5%)
Māori150 (49.5%)129 (44%)
Pacific islanders5 (1.6%)8 (2.7%)
Other/not given13 (4.3%)14 (4.8%)
Contact details
Landline135 (45%)107 (37%)
Mobile phone*245 (81%)257 (88%)
Time to treatment for C trachomatis infection
Treatment times
Cases treated immediately140 (47%)139 (47.6%)
Cases treated within 1 week91 (30.5%)92 (31.5%)
Cases treated 1–4 weeks55 (18.5%)57 (19.5%)
Cases treated longer than 4 weeks12 (4%)4 (1.4%)
Cases treated within 4 weeks †286 (96%)288 (98.6%)
Median time from testing to treatment in days (range)3 days (0–92)4 days (0–105)
Median time from testing to treatment for those treated on a return visit, days (range)7 days (2–92)7 days (3–105)
  • All differences were non-significant except for *t = 2.19, p<0.05; †t = 1.99, p<0.05.