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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000065
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A Comparison of Internet Search Trends and Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Using Google Trends

Johnson, Amy K. MSW; Mehta, Supriya D. MHS, PhD

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Abstract

Google Trends was used to determine the relationship between sexually transmitted infection (STI)–related search engine trends and STI rates. Trends seem to be similar to the relative rates of STIs and to regional differences in rates. Search engine trends are an innovative tool to integrate into STI surveillance.

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