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So They Can Know

One of the most effective strategies for addressing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is partner notification, which brings high-risk partners of diagnosed individuals in for testing and treatment. These partners tend to be around ten times more likely to be infected with an STI than the average person coming in for testing. Unfortunately, most health departments can’t afford to offer anonymous partner notification services to people with curable STIs, and when people aren’t offered anonymous services they tend to notify only about half to a quarter of their at-risk partners.

So They Can Know is a website designed to increase rates of STI partner notification. So They Can Know is targeted at adolescents and young adults 15-24 years old who have been diagnosed with an STI. Users can look up information and watch videos about how to notify their partners in person, on the phone, via email, or via text message. Users can also inform their partners by sending anonymous emails generated by So They Can Know. The emails provide relevant health information and links to locate nearby testing services.

The website also provides information about sexual health and offers tools to help users determine their risk of having an STI and figure out who they should notify if they are diagnosed with an STI. Uptake of this partner notification service — and the subsequent testing and treatment of high-risk individuals —could dramatically reduce STI transmission in the United States.

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