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Simple quiz to predict risk of sexually transmitted infections

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

NEW YORK, Jan 30: A simple online quiz has been found to be promising in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, says a new study. The six-question survey called “pop quiz” has been designed to evaluate behaviours linked to STI risk.

The questions ask about the number of sex partners, the frequency of use of condoms, and the age and past infection status of a respondent.

A description of the quiz and some field test results, published in the jourl Sexually Transmitted Infections, suggests the self-administered quiz may encourage teege girls and young women to get laboratory tests for several STIs if their quiz results show them to be at high risk for infection.

And if used in clinical settings, the online questions could help physicians assess the need for STI testing of those patients at most risk, the researchers said. “We test a lot of people who are not infected, and although a tool like this might not predict every single case, we think it can be helpful in rapidly predicting the likelihood of an STI for physicians and patients,” said lead author Charlotte Gaydos, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, US. Researchers at Johns Hopkins developed the quiz with the help of specialists in adolescent sexual health care and data from previously published research. (IANS)

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