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Tampons could be used to diagnose STDs

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7267.978 (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:978
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Tampons can be used to detect some sexually transmitted diseases with greater efficacy than traditional swab methods, according to the results of a new study.

    Specimens collected during invasive speculum examination have long been necessary for the conventional laboratory diagnosis of vaginal discharge diseases. Recently, the emphasis has been on molecular diagnosis of vaginal discharge diseases on non-invasive, self collected specimens to enable screening of large populations. …

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