Making home STI tests available online doubles the number of young Britons getting checked for infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, research suggests.
Half of those using ‘e-STI testing’ went on to get screened while only a quarter of people who have a face-to-face meeting with a nurse at a clinic or GP did so.
The random trial involved 2,072 people aged 16 to 30 living in Lambeth and Southwark in south London.
All had at least one sexual partner in the last 12 months, were willing to take an STI test, and had access to the internet to use STI testing.
Researchers found 50 per cent of the group using e-STI testing had a check up for STI, compared to just 26.6 per cent of those asked to physically go to health clinics.
Experts say making such a service available nationwide could decrease STI rates– but they stress clinical based services should still be available.