Men's preferences for sexually transmitted infection care services in a low-income community clinic setting in New York City

Am J Mens Health. 2011 May;5(3):208-15. doi: 10.1177/1557988310370359. Epub 2010 May 18.


A self-administered anonymous waiting room survey was used to evaluate men's preferences on testing, notification, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a community clinic in Upper Manhattan in 2007. Sixty-seven percent of eligible men (n = 199) participated. Most were willing to collect a urine sample at home (71%, n = 140) or at the clinic (87%, n = 171). Respondents preferred learning of a positive STI test result by phone (67%, n = 123). However, men were willing to receive results by text (65%, n = 127) or e-mail (61%, n = 121). Most (83%, n = 162) reported they would be (very) likely to take STI medication brought to them by a partner. Twenty-one percent reported previous gonorrhea or Chlamydia infection (n = 41). Of these, 39% (n = 16) had received medication to bring their partner, and almost all (n = 14/16) reported their partner took the medicine. Multiple options for STI testing, notification, and treatment are recommended to maximize service use among men, including providing patient-delivered partner therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Community Health Centers*
  • Data Collection
  • Educational Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New York City
  • Patient Preference*
  • Poverty*
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control
  • Urinalysis
  • Young Adult