Rectal self-sampling in non-clinical venues for detection of sexually transmissible infections among behaviourally bisexual men

Sex Health. 2012 May;9(2):190-1. doi: 10.1071/SH11068.


Rectal sexually transmissible infections are a common health concern for men who have sex with men but little is known about these infections among men who have sex with both men and women. Self-obtained rectal specimens were collected from a diverse sample of behaviourally bisexual men. From a total sample of 75 bisexual men, 58 collected specimens. A relatively high prevalence of rectal Chlamydia trachomatis infection was found. Participants who collected specimens reported overall acceptability and comfort with self-sampling. Future efforts are needed focusing on increasing awareness of and options for rectal sexually transmissible infection testing among bisexual men.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bisexuality / statistics & numerical data*
  • Chlamydia Infections / diagnosis*
  • Chlamydia trachomatis / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectal Diseases / microbiology
  • Rectum / microbiology*
  • Self-Examination / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Victoria
  • Young Adult