Illinois Program Uses Text Messaging To Encourage HIV Testing
The Illinois Department of Health has launched a program, "Text 2 Survive," that uses cell phone text messaging to encourage residents to be tested for HIV, NBC Chicago reports. Through the program, individuals can send a text message to a designated number with their ZIP code and receive a reply that provides the nearest HIV testing center's contact information. To promote the program, through July 1, individuals who send a text to the program or forward the reply message to others will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Those who confirm they have been tested have an opportunity to win an additional $200 gift card (NBC Chicago, 6/17).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.