Table 4

Methods and applications to get high risk young people tested for Chlamydia (Ct)
Methods Parameters for use Applications
Knowledge
K1.1: Describe different STI and in particular asymptomatic diseases -Tailoring -Tailoring variables or factors (e.g., socioeconomic status) AP1.1: Online tailored information about STI based on current knowledge and Socioeconomic Status (SES)
-Elaboration -Individuals with high motivation, messages that are personally relevant and easily understandable. AP1.2: Information about the different Ct test options and procedures using videos and images.
K1.2: Describe Ct effects
K1.3: Describe test procedure and test options for Ct
Attitude
A1.1: Express positive attitude towards self assessment of Ct risk -Self-re-evaluation -Stimulation of both cognitive and affective appraisal of self-image AP1.3: Stimulation via visual effects (videos, and images) and questions to self assess sexual behaviour.
-Modelling -Attention and identification with model AP1.4: Messages from friends/sex partners to motivate young people to self assess their sexual behaviour
A1.2: Express positive attitude towards test procedure and results. -Elaboration -Individuals with high motivation, messages that are personally relevant and easily understandable. AP1.2: Information about the different Ct test options and procedures using videos and images.
Perceived social norms
SN1.1: Recognize social acceptance of Ct testing among young people -Modelling -Availability of social and sexual network AP1.5: Via personalized or anonymous messages from peers young people are encouraged to get tested for Ct. Information about Ct test options and informs that a friend or sex partner already asked for a Ct test.
-Mobilizing social
-Support
Risk perception
R1.1: Aware of the possibility of getting a Ct infection -Personalize risk -Messages are personal and results are compared to absolute and normative standards. AP1.6: Risk assessment questionnaire will be provided and a personalized report about the acquired Ct risk and an advice about Ct testing is provided to the person.
-Consciousness
AP1.7: Reminders will be send to young people who did not yet ask for a Ct test.
-Raising -Can use feedback
R1.2: Aware of the health risk of not getting tested
Self-efficacy
SE1.1: Express confidence in ability to ask for testing option (home based test kits or appointment STI centre) -Planning coping responses -Identification of potential barriers and solutions AP1.8: Young people will be informed about the possibility and advantages of home-based Ct test kits. These test kits are free, anonymous and easy to use.

Theunissen et al.

Theunissen et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:996   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-996

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