Notification of syphilis test results by telephone: acceptability ratings in a community-based sample of Scottish gay men

Christina Knussen, Paul Flowers

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Notifying patients of the results of syphilis testing by telephone can be cost-effective for clinic staff. This study compared the acceptability ratings among potential patients of three methods of learning of syphilis test results: with a call to a mobile phone; with a call to a home phone; and with the patient phoning in for results. A questionnaire was distributed to male clients of gay venues in Glasgow, Scotland, during 2005 (n = 150). Phoning in for results was rated as significantly more acceptable than either learning of results with a call to a mobile phone, or receiving a phone call at home (both P < 0.001). Further, receiving a call on a mobile phone was rated as significantly more acceptable than receiving a call at home (P < 0.001). It is recommended that patients be given the option of initiating the communication of test results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-828
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • bacterial disease
  • Europe
  • homosexual
  • location
  • screening
  • syphilis (Treponema pallidum)

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