STI patients do it the old-fashioned way

Most people diagnosed with a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) prefer to inform their sexual partners either face to face or by phone rather than using electronic communication, an Australian study shows.

This is despite the ease with which email, SMS or anonymous websites can be used to convey the bad news.

Provider contact tracing where the doctor advises the contact on behalf of the patient is also rarely used, the research shows.