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Table 2 Characteristics of participants who preferred home testing compared with clinic-based retesting or no preference

From: The acceptability and cost of a home-based chlamydia retesting strategy: findings from the REACT randomised controlled trial

Baseline characteristics and survey responses Overall Prefer clinic or no preference Prefer home testing p-valuea
n (%) n (%) n (%)
All 141 (100) 49 (34.8) 92 (65.2)  
Age group (years)     0.212
  < 30 92 (65.3) 28 (57.1) 64 (69.6)
 30–39 34 (24.1) 17 (34.7) 17 (18.5)
 40–49 8 (5.7) 2 (4.1) 6 (6.5)
  ≥ 50 7 (5.0) 2 (4.1) 5 (5.4)
Risk group     0.916
 Women 49 (34.8) 18 (36.7) 31 (33.7)
 Heterosexual men 43 (30.5) 14 (28.6) 29 (31.5)
 MSM 49 (34.8) 17 (34.7) 32 (34.8)
Living arrangements     0.034
 Friends/flatmates 75 (53.2) 18 (36.7) 57 (62.0)
 Alone 28 (19.9) 13 (26.5) 15 (16.3)
 Partner 19 (13.5) 9 (18.4) 10 (10.9)
 Parents 15 (10.6) 6 (12.2) 9 (9.8)
 Other 4 (2.8) 3 (6.1) 1 (1.1)
Country of birth     0.980
 Australia 74 (52.5) 25 (51.0) 49 (53.3)
 Europe 38 (27.0) 13 (26.5) 25 (27.2)
 Asia 10 (7.1) 4 (8.2) 6 (6.5)
 Other 16 (11.4) 6 (12.2) 10 (10.9)
Previous CT diagnosis     0.030
 Yes 15 (10.6) 9 (18.4) 6 (6.5)
 No 126 (89.4) 40 (81.6) 86 (93.5)
Condom use last 3 months     0.809
 Inconsistent (never/sometimes) 106 (75.2) 38 (77.6) 68 (73.9)
 Consistent (always) 27 (19.2) 8 (16.3) 19 (20.7)
 Missing 8 (5.7) 3 (6.1) 5 (5.4)
Number of sexual partners last 3 months     0.137
 None 5 (3.6) 1 (2.0) 4 (4.4)
 1 36 (25.5) 16 (32.7) 20 (21.7)
 2–5 74 (52.5) 20 (40.8) 54 (58.7)
  > 5 26 (18.4) 12 (24.5) 14 (15.2)
STI symptomsb at baseline     0.678
 Yes 58 (41.1) 19 (38.8) 39 (42.4)
 No 83 (58.9) 30 (61.2) 53 (57.6)
Baseline chlamydia specimen collection     0.905
 Specimens collected by a clinician 93 (66.0) 32 (65.3) 61 (66.3)
 Self-collected specimens 48 (34.0) 17 (34.7) 31 (33.7)
Comfortable having kit posted to home     0.045
 Very comfortable 72 (51.1) 19 (38.8) 53 (57.6)
 Comfortable 49 (34.8) 19 (38.8) 30 (32.6)
 Neutral/uncomfortable 20 (14.2) 11 (22.5) 9 (9.8)
How easy to understand instructions     0.948
 Very easy 92 (65.3) 31 (63.3) 61 (66.3)
 Easy 44 (31.2) 16 (32.7) 28 (30.4)
 Neutral/hard 5 (3.6) 2 (4.1) 3 (3.3)
How easy to collect specimen     0.259
 Very easy 89 (63.1) 29 (59.2) 60 (65.2)
 Easy 46 (32.6) 16 (32.7) 30 (32.6)
 Neutral/hard 6 (4.3) 4 (8.2) 2 (2.2)
How confident specimen collected correctly     0.450
 Very confident 60 (42.6) 20 (40.8) 40 (43.5)
 Reasonably confident 67 (47.5) 22 (44.9) 45 (48.9)
 Neutral/not confident 14 (9.9) 7 (14.3) 7 (7.6)
Any problems collecting the specimens     0.559
 No 97 (68.8) 35 (71.4) 62 (67.4)
 Yes 42 (29.8) 13 (26.5) 29 (31.5)
Comfort with SMS reminders     0.577
 Comfortable/Very comfortable 126 (89.4) 45 ((91.8) 81 (88.0)
 Neutral/uncomfortable 15 (10.6) 4 (8.2) 11 (12.0)
  1. MSM men who have sex with men, CT Chlamydia trachomatis
  2. aChi2 or Fisher’s exact test was used when appropriate
  3. banal and/or urogenital symptoms