ANCHOR LEAD: A HOME GROWN VIDEO IMPROVES THE PICTURE FOR ONE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED CONDITION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is an important cause of illness and infertility, and hits young women especially hard. Maria Trent, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, developed a video using young women talking about their experiences with the condition and why it was so important to get one’s partner treated, then assessed its impact.
TRENT: We did a randomized controlled trial, so we had girls who were randomized to watch the video and girls who were just given standard care with discharge instructions from their health provider at the time of diagnosis and the study actually showed that girls who watch the video are more likely to have their partners treated, which is extremely important for secondary prevention of sexually transmitted infections. It protects your patient, it protects their partner, and it protects other people the partner might also be having intercourse with. They were over three times more likely to have their partner treated so it’s pretty significant. :32
Trent has made the video available to any healthcare provider on YouTube. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.