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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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