Purpose of review
The current study aimed to review how digital health
has been used for sexually transmitted infection
prevention, testing, and treatment.
A scoping review was conducted by searching five databases for peer-reviewed literature published between March 2018 to August 2019. 23 out of 258 studies met the inclusion criteria and were assessed. Six studies used digital platform to enhance STI/HIV
prevention messaging; four studies found that digital health
can provide vivid promotional information and has been instrumental in increasing the accessibility and acceptability of STI/HIV
testing; three studies reported digital health
provides a channel to understand and interpret the discourses on preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and increase PrEP uptake; three studies focused on refining big data algorithms for surveillance; four studies reported on how digital interventions could be used to optimize clinical interventions; and four studies found digital interventions can be used to assist mental health services.
Summary Digital health
is a powerful and versatile tool that can be utilized in the production of high-quality, innovative strategies on STIs and HIV
services. Future studies should consider focusing on strategies and implementations that leverage digital platforms for network-based interventions, in addition to recognizing the norms of individual digital intervention