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'While you wait' chlamydia check

30th November 2007

A team of UK researchers has developed a new “while you wait? test for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia


It can provide a result within 30 minutes as opposed to the current testing system, which sees tests sent to a laboratory and a delay in diagnosis and treatment.

Experts say the on-the-spot diagnosis might improve the national chlamydia screening programme for the infection which currently sees one in 10 young people in the UK tests positive for it.

The researchers from the University of Cambridge published their findings in the British Medical Journal.

The study of 1,300 women in three clinics found the test, which uses a vaginal swab, to be cheap and effective for chlamydia which often produces no symptoms but if left untreated can result in complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.

The test kit is similar in appearance to a pregnancy test and shows two blue lines for a positive result, one for a negative result and no line if the test has not worked. It means women can receive the result while still at the clinic and receive treatment.

Study leader Dr Helen Lee said: “The hands-on time is less than a minute and then you have to wait for it to develop. Women can do the swab themselves and they are happy with that. In chlamydia control, the key is to screen a wider group of people and if people do not come to be tested you can take the test to them.?


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Article Information

Title: 'While you wait' chlamydia check
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4929
Date Added: 30th Nov 2007


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