Journal article

Determining the Impact of Text Messaging for Sexual Health Promotion to Young People

Judy Gold, Megan SC Lim, Jane S Hocking, Louise A Keogh, Tim Spelman, Margaret E Hellard



BACKGROUND: The use of new technologies, such as mobile phones and internet, has increased dramatically in recent years. Text messages offer a novel method of sexual health promotion to young people who are the greatest users of new technology and are also at high risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). METHODS: In January 2008, young people aged between 16 and 29 years were recruited from a music festival in Melbourne, Australia. They completed a short survey and were asked to provide their mobile phone numbers. Participants received fortnightly short messaging service (SMS) relating to sexual health for 4 months, and then completed an online follow-up survey. Survey data were weigh..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by the Australian Government through an Australian Postgraduate Award and a Monash University Faculty of Medicine Excellence Award (to J.G.); a NH&MRC postdoctoral training fellowship (to M. S. C. L.); a NH&MRC career development award (to J.S.H.); a NH&MRC Australian Research Training Fellowship (to L. A. K.); and the NH&MRC as a senior research fellow (to M. H.). The project was funded by the Windermere Foundation, the Pierce Armstrong Trust and the Burnet Institute.