Internet-based testing services for sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) are intended to make it easier to get tested. It’s possible though, that people who use these services already have good access to testing, widening the gap for people who need to get tested the most.
We tested these scenarios in a study comparing the experiences of people using the internet-based STBBI testing service GetCheckedOnline.com (GCO) to people getting tested in person at an STI clinic. We found that GCO was being used by people who face more barriers to getting tested for STBBI, and not just by people had higher socio-economic status or who were more tech-savvy. The full article can be accessed here.