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Online tests reach the patients other chlamydia tests can’t reach

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1177 (Published 21 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1177
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

Free home tests for chlamydia that are available on the internet show a higher prevalence of infection than family planning clinic surveys. Tests offered on the internet resulted in 10.3% positive results for Chlamydia trachomatis infection among 1171 women who mailed in swabs, whereas the prevalence among women who were screened in US family planning clinics ranged from 3.3% to 5.5%, found a new study.

The study, published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2011;38:74-8, doi:10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3182039d7f), offered free, home based chlamydia testing to women aged 14 years or older living in Maryland.

The proportion of positive results from internet tests …

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