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DNA methods should be used to detect Chlamydia trachomatis

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1525
  1. David Taylor-Robinson,
  2. Angela J Robinson
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine and Communicable Diseases, Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary's, London W2 1NY
  2. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Mortimer Market Centre, London WC1E 6AU

    EDITOR—We agree with the comments1 on Boag and Kelly's editorial2 about the recommendations made by the chief medical officer's expert advisory group on Chlamydia trachomatis. We wish to raise another issue.

    The laboratories associated with the genitourinary medicine clinics in the two pilot projects evaluating the proposed screening will use molecular procedures (ligase chain reaction or polymerase chain reaction) and not the less sensitive tests (enzyme immunoassays) …

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