Acceptability of self-collecting oropharyngeal swabs for sexually transmissible infection testing among men and women

Derek Dangerfield, Jason Farley, Jeffrey Holden, Mathilda Barnes, Perry Barnes, Mary Jett-Goheen, Charlotte A Gaydos

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In 2016, the rate of USA gonorrhoea and chlamydia cases increased by 18.6% and 6.9% respectively. Most people infected are asymptomatic and are not treated immediately, which negatively affects sexually transmissible infection (STI)/HIV rates. Men and women were asked to provide self-collected oropharyngeal specimens for STI testing (n = 79). Over 75% reported the collection of the swab was 'easy' or 'very easy' to use 90% were willing to test for STIs at home in the future. Self-collecting oropharyngeal swabs for STI testing is acceptable among men and women. Future research should test the effect of self-collecting pharyngeal swabs on STI testing behaviours and results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSexual Health
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhoea
  • screening
  • self-test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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