An interactive, computer-based program to educate patients about genital herpes

Sex Transm Dis. 1999 Jul;26(6):364-8. doi: 10.1097/00007435-199907000-00010.


Background and objectives: Education and counseling constitute a substantial portion of management of patients with genital herpes. Innovative methods for education about genital herpes are needed.

Goal: To test the ability of an interactive, computer-based program to educate patients about genital herpes.

Study design: Persons seeking care at five urban offices were asked to participate. A knowledge test about genital herpes was administered before and after participation. Participants' satisfaction was assessed with a questionnaire.

Results: Four hundred thirty-five participants enrolled, and 428 completed the herpes knowledge test. Of six questions evaluated, a statistically significant increase in the proportion of correct answers was noted on five of six questions. Fifty-one percent of participants answered all the questions correctly after the program, compared with 39% before the program. Satisfaction with the program was very high.

Conclusions: Innovative, computer-based programs can provide education and assist in the management of chronic sexually transmitted infections.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Disease Management
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Herpes Genitalis* / prevention & control
  • Herpes Genitalis* / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Surveys and Questionnaires