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Table 5 Example quotes around attitudes towards partner anal examination (Theme 3)

From: Exploring the attitudes of men who have sex with men on anal self-examination for early detection of primary anorectal syphilis: a qualitative study

Attitudes towards partner anal examination Quote
Willing to have partner anal examination if in a trusted or table relationship “If we are intimate, and I trust them—but it doesn’t have to be regular [partner], but there has to be some kind of trust in that … Like, my current partner, I would ask them.”
—Participant 10, not living with HIV and taking PrEP
Not comfortable with partner anal examination “About medical things I would trust a doctor, about a sexual partner I would trust them for sexual things”
—Participant 12, living with HIV