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Women Find It Easy and Prefer to Collect Their Own Vaginal Swabs to Diagnose Chlamydia Trachomatis or Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Infections

March 20, 2006

"Self-collected specimens can be used to screen asymptomatic women for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC)," wrote the authors of the current report, which analyzed women's opinions on ease and preferences as to sampling after collecting their own vaginal swab and urine and physician collection of vaginal swab and cervical swab.

Women in seven North American cities were given a questionnaire after they participated in a clinical trial of nucleic acid amplification testing of various specimens. A total of 1,090 women consenting to gynecologic CT and GC sampling (82 percent of those sampled) volunteered to complete the survey.

Volunteer's average age was 26.6 years; 59.6 percent were black, 25.5 percent white, 11 percent Hispanic, 1.9 percent Asian, and 2 percent unknown. Thirty-five percent reported more than one sex partner in the prior six months, 84.9 percent had previously been tested for an STD, and 49.2 percent had experienced an STD. Most volunteers (90.4 percent) reported it very easy to self-collect a vaginal swab, a finding that was not influenced by age, education or study site. "Seventy-six percent preferred a vaginal swab over a pelvic examination, 60 percent over a urine collection, and 94 percent indicated that they would be tested more often if a vaginal swab was available," the report said.

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The authors concluded that self-collected vaginal swabs were easy to collect and were preferred over urine and cervical swabs.

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
12.05; Vol. 32; No. 12: P. 729-733; Max A. Chernesky, Ph.D.; Edward W. Hook III, M.D.; David H. Martin, M.D.; Jeannine Lane; Randy Johnson; Jeanne A. Jordan, Ph.D.; Deanna Fuller; Dean E. Willis, Dr.P.H.; Paul M. Fine, M.D.; William M. Janda, M.D.; Julius Schachter, Ph.D.


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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