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How are self-taken samples for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in HIV clinics perceived by patients?
  1. Adam Croucher,
  2. Daniel Richardson,
  3. Tracey Buckingham
  1. Lawson Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Croucher, Lawson Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE, UK; a.croucher{at}nhs.net

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Self-taken samples for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are being offered to asymptomatic patients attending routine HIV appointments to increase STI testing. Women give a self-taken vaginal sample; heterosexual men give a first-pass urine sample, and men who have sex with men (MSM) additional self-taken rectal and throat samples. While there is evidence that self-taken samples are as accurate as clinician-taken samples, and are well-tolerated, the acceptability of self-taken samples in this setting is unclear.1 ,2

An anonymous survey was offered to all 692 patients attending our outpatient HIV clinic between June and July 2014, of which 121(17.5%) responded. The following data were collected: age; gender; ethnicity; sexual orientation, …

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