Tampons could be used to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.676 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:676
  1. Suzanne M Garland, visiting professor,
  2. Sepehr N Tabrizi, senior research scientist,
  3. Christopher K Fairley, head,
  4. Francis J Bowden, director
  1. Reproductive Health Research, Family and Community Health, World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Womens' and Royal Children's Hospitals, Women's and Children's Health, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  3. Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria 3181, Australia
  4. Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Garran, Australian Capital Territory 2606, Australia

    EDITOR—Gottlieb in his news item reported that tampons could be used to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases.1 This report relates to work performed and recently delivered at a meeting in Toronto, Canada, by Dr Patrick Sturm of the University of Natal in South Africa. In a population of 1030 asymptomatic women it was found that a sample collected on a tampon, when used to detect sexually transmitted infections by polymerase …

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