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Self administered tampons can be used to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:446
  1. Francis J Bowden, Heada,
  2. Barbara A Paterson, Research officerb,
  3. Suzanne M Garland, Directorc,
  4. Sepehr Tabrizi, Senior research officerc,
  5. Christopher K Fairley, Senior lecturerd
  1. a AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Diseases Unit, Disease Control, Territory Health Services, Darwin, NT, Australia
  2. b Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
  3. c Department of Microbiology, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. d Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Prahran, Victoria

    Editor–Lars Østergaard and colleagues highlight the importance of self administered techniques for diagnosing and screening for chlamydial infection in women.1 They used the combined results from three samples (first void urine, midstream urine, and a sample obtained with a 5 ml vaginal pipette) but were concerned about whether women in the general community would comply with this method.

    We have used a tampon method administered by patients to detect several genital infections, including infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, …

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