Table 3

Baseline characteristics of people sent the short message service (SMS) reminder in the intervention period compared with those who were not (excludes non-NSW residents, travellers and sex workers)

Baseline characteristicsIntervention periodχ2 Test, p value
SMS (n=141)No SMS (n=202)
Tested within 1–4 months, n(%)42 (30.0)50 (24.8)0.30
Client status, n(%) 0.24
 New patient115 (81.6)156 (76.2)
 Existing patients26 (18.4)48 (23.8)
Age group (years), n(%) 0.15
 <2014 (9.9)23 (11.4)
 20–2458 (41.1)64 (31.7)
 25–2937 (26.2)49 (24.3)
 30+32 (22.7)66 (32.7)
Median age (IQR)24 (22–29)26 (22–33)0.10
Area of residence, n(%) 0.97
 Metropolitan138 (98.3)199 (98.5)
 Not metropolitan3 (2.1)3 (1.5)
Country of birth, n(%) 0.92
 Australia37 (26.2)52 (25.7)
 Other104 (73.8)150 (74.3)
Risk group, n(%) 0.84
 Heterosexual men78 (55.3)114 (56.4)
 Women63 (44.7)88 (43.6)
Number of sex partners in the last 3 months, n(%) 0.07
 0 or 159 (41.8)65 (32.2)
 219 (13.5)42 (20.8)
 3 or more43 (30.5)63 (31.2)
Missing20 (14.2)32 (15.8)
Condom use in the last 3 months, n(%) 0.34
 Inconsistent113 (80.1)170 (84.2)
 Always28 (19.9)32 (15.8)
Anogenital symptoms, n(%) 0.16
 Yes73 (51.8)89 (44.1)
 No68 (48.2)113 (55.9)