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Self-sampling for oropharyngeal and rectal specimens to screen for sexually transmitted infections: acceptability among men who have sex with men
  1. S Wayal1,
  2. C Llewellyn1,
  3. H Smith1,
  4. M Hankins1,
  5. A Phillips2,
  6. D Richardson2,
  7. M Fisher
  1. 1
    Division of Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  1. Ms Sonali Wayal, Room 323, Mayfield House, Division of Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH, UK; S.Wayal{at}bsms.ac.uk; sonaliwayal{at}yahoo.com

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  • ▸ An appendix is published online only at http://sti.bmj.com/content/vol85/issue1

  • Funding: This study was supported by Medical Research Council (MRC) Sexual Health and HIV Research Strategy Committee, UK programme grant (G03000706) awarded to Fisher et al. Wayal’s salary was supported through this grant. The design and implementation of the study was independent from the funding body and the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the MRC or the Health Departments.

  • Competing interests: APTIMA unisex swabs were provided free of costs by Gen-Probe (San Diego, California, USA). The findings reported in this study do not reflect the opinion of Gen-Probe.

  • Ethics approval: Ethics approval was obtained from the Brighton and Mid Sussex Research Ethics Committee.

  • Contributors: SW: study management, data analysis and interpretation, wrote first and subsequent drafts of the manuscripts and final approval of the published version; CL: study design, study management, critical appraisal and final approval; HS: conception and study design, interpretation of the data and critical appraisal and final approval; MH: conception and study design, interpretation of data and critical appraisal and final approval; AP: data collection and final approval; DR: data collection and final approval; MF: conception and study design, critical appraisal and final approval.

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Footnotes

  • ▸ An appendix is published online only at http://sti.bmj.com/content/vol85/issue1

  • Funding: This study was supported by Medical Research Council (MRC) Sexual Health and HIV Research Strategy Committee, UK programme grant (G03000706) awarded to Fisher et al. Wayal’s salary was supported through this grant. The design and implementation of the study was independent from the funding body and the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the MRC or the Health Departments.

  • Competing interests: APTIMA unisex swabs were provided free of costs by Gen-Probe (San Diego, California, USA). The findings reported in this study do not reflect the opinion of Gen-Probe.

  • Ethics approval: Ethics approval was obtained from the Brighton and Mid Sussex Research Ethics Committee.

  • Contributors: SW: study management, data analysis and interpretation, wrote first and subsequent drafts of the manuscripts and final approval of the published version; CL: study design, study management, critical appraisal and final approval; HS: conception and study design, interpretation of the data and critical appraisal and final approval; MH: conception and study design, interpretation of data and critical appraisal and final approval; AP: data collection and final approval; DR: data collection and final approval; MF: conception and study design, critical appraisal and final approval.

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