We are confident that the service will lead to more people getting tested and treated and could help reduce the overall number of infections in the UK
If you get a positive sexual health result through The STI Clinic, partners can now be notified anonymously via text message.
The STI Clinic is now offering a brand new service to its users: the ‘SMS anonymous partner notification’. This means that you have the option of automatically and anonymously notifying a sexual partner if the results of your sexual health screen are positive.
As part of the STIQ Day, a day dedicated to promote sexual health testing, the recognised online service from Harley Street that offers discrete, reliable and fast STI testing online has now introduced a new service. This new feature allows automatic notification with a text message to sexual partners, if the results of the sexual health test are positive. The text message will be completely discrete and anonymous: the name of the person tested will not be disclosed.
This move from the company highlights the importance of caring not only about the sexual health of the customer, but also about their social distress in communicating the news to recent partners. Furthermore, this new option will also encourage those who currently do not let their partners know they might have an STI.
Recently, Public Health England (PHE) has reported an increase in STI diagnoses by 5% from the figures of 2011, the highest risk groups being young adults up to 25 years-old and men who have sex with other men. The new ‘SMS partner notification’ could be a breakthrough factor in minimising the risk of increasing the number of people with undetected STIs.
The system has been created with the intention of assisting both the patient and their partners. Strict measures have been put in place to prevent any form of abuse of the service: it can only be used by patients who definitely have a positive result and the ability to send an SMS has an expiry date so old results cannot be misused. This service will be launched on STIQ Day (14 January 2014).
Robert MacKay, founder of The STI Clinic, says: “We know from our experience that patients with positive STI results are reluctant to inform recent sexual partners. This anonymous text service allows people to communicate a message without having to engage in a difficult conversation. We are confident that the service will lead to more people getting tested and treated and could help reduce the overall number of infections in the UK”.
The STI Clinic is proud to support STIQ Day. This awareness day has been launched to encourage regular sexual health testing. Whether the testing is done through a private clinic or a free public service, sexual health is an important aspect of our general wellbeing. All sexually active people should be encouraged to get tested so as to be able to get treatment and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The STI Clinic is a reputable healthcare provider that allows individuals to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) online. Its goals are to deliver a service that is fast, reliable and complete. It achieves these aims by offering: same-day dispatch of the chosen test kit and next-day results for most tests; laboratory-based results and, finally, free treatment to anyone who tests positive.
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