Texting Service Enhances Minority Youth Access to HIV/AIDS Information and Testing
A text messaging service known as Text 2 Survive provides minority youth and young adults (aged 13 to 35) in Illinois with accurate information about HIV/AIDS and connects them with sites offering testing and related preventive services. Through the service, cell phone users can receive a list of nearby sites offering free services, get information about upcoming health events, and receive monthly alerts with helpful health tips and information. With a minimal investment of staff time and financial resources, the program has enhanced access to HIV testing and to accurate information about sexual health and HIV.
Suggestive: The evidence consists of post-implementation data on use of various components of the service, along with anecdotal reports from community partners.
Center for Minority Health Services, Illinois Department of Public Health
Date First Implemented
After a pilot test in June 2009, the program officially launched in March 2010.begin pp
Age > Adolescent (13-18 years); Adult (19-44 years); American Indian or Alaska Native > Black or African American; Hispanic/Latino-Latina; Vulnerable Populations > Racial minorities
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