Acceptability and feasibility of recruiting women to collect a self-administered vaginal swab at a pharmacy clinic for sexually transmissible infection screening

C. A. Gaydos, M. Barnes, J. Holden, B. Silver, R. Smith, J. Hardick, T. C. Quinn

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Abstract

Willingness to self-collect vaginal swabs at a pharmacy clinic is of interest as a venue to increase sexually transmissible infections (STIs) screening for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomonas. Women self-collected vaginal swabs at the pharmacy, completed questionnaires and received STI results within 2 h. Women with STIs were offered free treatment. A total of 313 of 777 (40.3%) women consented and prevalence for any STI was 3.9%. Questionnaires demonstrated acceptability for self-collection at the pharmacy, with 63% (95% CI 57.3-68) and 32.3% (95% CI 27.4-37.8) indicating they 'strongly agreed' or 'agreed' that they felt comfortable with pharmacy collection, respectively. Self-collected vaginal swabs for STI testing for women who were at a pharmacy were feasible and acceptable to women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-394
Number of pages3
JournalSexual Health
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhoea
  • home collection
  • pharmacy collection
  • point-of-care tests
  • self-administered swabs
  • self-sampling
  • trichomonas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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