Table 3

 Feasibility and acceptability of self-sampling and self-testing by group

Feasibility and acceptability measuresHome groupClinic groupFisher exact p value
na, not applicable.
Values are percentages.
*On a four-point scale: very easy, easy, difficult, very difficult.
†Based on reading of rapid TV test received in the mail (n = 116).
‡96 out of 146 mailed kits contained both the used rapid TV test and the laboratory form with the woman’s recorded interpretation of the test.
¶Self-reported for home group and per date of clinic visit for clinic group.
Results from self-administered questionnairen = 113n = 131
Easy or very easy to self-sample*85.896.20.01
Experienced pain during self-sampling17.012.30.36
Easy or very easy to follow instructions for self-test*94.797.00.52
Easy or very easy to read results on self-test*80.590.10.04
Results from clinician observation and laboratory data
Clinician rating of self-testing
    Very easyna64.1na
    Easy35.1
    Difficult0.8
    Very difficult0.0
First attempt at self-test was invalid10.3†6.10.36
Reading of self-test matched reading by clinic staff (n = 96)‡91.7nana
Reporting at 6-week follow-up visitn = 283n = 286
Preference between:
    Self-sampling at home57.627.3<0.001
    Self-sampling at clinic37.166.4
    No preference5.36.3
Preference between:
    Urine specimen for self-sampling39.949.30.03
    Vaginal swab for self-sampling60.150.7
Preference between:
    Self-testing at home60.429.4<0.001
    Self-testing at clinic39.670.6
Among women who responded, would self-sample again in same setting (n = 320)95.198.50.13
Median days between enrolment visit and specimen collection¶2.03.00.17