Formative research exploring the feasibility of developing a novel Internet-based approach to proactive screening of young heterosexual men for Chlamydia trachomatis
Karen Lorimer (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Lisa McDaid (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow)

Online social media, such as social networking sites (e.g., Facebook), blogs and chat rooms have become integral parts of adolescents’ and young adults’ lives. Media such as the Internet offers exciting potential for sexual health promotion, providing a way to reach young people to provide the easy, convenient and confidential approach young people report they want.

This project sought to gather evidence to inform the subsequent design of an Internet-based approach to proactively offer chlamydia screening targeted to young men, and thus constitutes the formative stage of the development of an intervention.

The project aimed to:

  • explore the acceptability of an Internet approach to proactive screening of young men for chlamydia;
  • to identify the barriers and facilitators to implementing an Internet-based screening approach;
  • and to refine the proposed design of the intervention for future piloting.

Here is a lay summary of the project and findings: FINAL report internet chlamydia LORIMER.

Contact: Dr Karen Lorimer for further information, on karen.lorimer[at]

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