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Acceptability of providing self-taken vaginal samples and allowing access to NHS numbers and medical records: feasibility study in young female genitourinary medicine clinic attenders
  1. Jayne Ellis1,
  2. Ruth Green1,
  3. Sarah R Kerry1,
  4. Gloria Jesuratnam1,
  5. Abirami Rajamanoharan1,
  6. Roshni Patel1,
  7. Christianne Dominise1,
  8. Sangeeta Dave2,
  9. Judith M Stephenson2,
  10. Pippa Oakeshott3
  1. 1Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's University of London, London, UK
  2. 2University College London Institute for Women's Health, London, UK
  3. 3St George's University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pippa Oakeshott, Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's University of London, London SW17 ORE, UK; oakeshot{at}

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Sinka and colleagues found that using self-taken vaginal swabs for human papillomavirus (HPV) testing was acceptable to young women who had defaulted from their initial HPV screening appointment at age 21.1 However, the rate of return of postal samples was low (13%, 725/5500). In October 2011, we conducted a feasibility study to evaluate response rates of 16–24 years old female genitourinary medicine clinic attenders to providing two self-taken vaginal swabs for Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium testing and allowing access to National Health Service numbers and medical records for follow-up. Women sitting in the female-only waiting area in the Courtyard …

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  • Funding NIHR Programme Development Grant: RP-DG-1209-10029. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Health or NIHR.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Approval provided by the NRES Committee London—Hampstead.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.