Self-screening for sexually transmitted infections
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Self-screening for sexually transmitted infections

Yvonne Potter Staff nurse, North Lincolnshire Sexual Health, The Ironstone Centre, Scunthorpe, Centre for Sexual Health, Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby

There is an increasing trend towards self-collection of samples for sexually transmitted infection screening in lieu of genital examination and clinician-obtained urethral and cervical swabs. This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of this trend, and the effect on nursing practice particularly within integrated sexual health (ISH) services, which provide genito-urinary medicine (GUM) and contraceptive services. This article might also be of interest to nurses working within separate GUM and contraceptive services, especially those that are preparing to become ISH services.

Nursing Standard. 28, 41, 37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.41.37.e8767

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 18 January 2014

Accepted: 12 March 2014