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We assessed the concept of self sampling, as part of screening for sexually transmitted diseases, first in the early 1990s in a pilot study.1 The aim was to assess the validity and acceptability of the procedure as an alternative for the sex industry workers (or as a supplementary method between attendances), for those who are reluctant or unable to attend GUM clinics frequently. Microbiological techniques then were not as developed or as sensitive as today’s (PCR) tests.2 Since then, other studies reported on the feasibility and acceptability of self obtained samples. …