Opportunistic screening for Chlamydia

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.290 (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:290

Microbiological input is essential in Chlamydia screening programmes

  1. C Y William Tong, consultant virologist (william.tong@gstt.sthames.nhs.uk),
  2. Helen Dunn, diagnostic service manager,
  3. David A Lewis, consultant physician
  1. department of infection
  2. department of infection Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Trust, London SE1 7EH
  3. department of genitourinary medicine Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Trust, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR—The strand displacement amplification test used by Moens et al for Chlamydia trachomatis screening produced equivocal results in 11.2% of samples.1 Such a high rate is unacceptable.

    A result could be termed equivocal if it is borderline or if a sample gives discrepant results on repeat testing. In addition, this …

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