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ERIC Number: EJ1023508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Feasibility of Providing Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Treatment in Off-Campus, Nonclinic Settings for Adolescents Enrolled in a School-Based Research Project
Chacko, Mariam R.; Markham, Christine; Thiel, Melanie; Crandall, Stacy M.; Peskin, Melissa F.; Shegog, Ross; Tortolero, Susan
Journal of School Health, v84 n6 p379-386 Jun 2014
Background: This study examined the acceptability and feasibility of using a biological outcome measure to evaluate a school-based sexuality education program. Confidential field-delivered sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing by nonmedical field staff and STI treatment by medically trained field staff was assessed in off-campus and off-clinic settings for adolescents enrolled in the trial. Methods: After parental and adolescent consent were obtained, a convenient time and location was identified to collect urine to test for chlamydia ("Chlamydia trachomatis," CT), gonorrhea ("Neisseria gonorrheae," NG), and trichomonas ("Trichomonas vaginalis," TV) infection and to treat students with positive results. Results: A total of 391 of 1742 students had permission to participate (22%); 353 (90%) provided urine samples; 28 (8%) had positive test results: CT(18), NG(5), and TV(8). Testing and treatment occurred at home for 92% and 59% of students, respectively; on weekdays (for 69% and 96%, respectively) and between noon and 8 pm (for 76% and 88%, respectively). All students who tested positive were treated. Several lessons and strategies that may improve the likelihood that students will participate in field-delivered STI testing and treatment emerged. Conclusion: STI testing and treatment are feasible for students enrolled in a school-based sexuality education program. However, obtaining parental consent may be challenging.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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