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Evid Based Nurs 11:89 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.3.89
  • Diagnosis

Chlamydia Rapid Test was moderately accurate for diagnosing Chlamydia infection in women

H H Lee

Dr H H Lee, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; hl207@cam.ac.uk

QUESTION

Is Chlamydia Rapid Test accurate for screening for and diagnosing Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women?

METHODS

Design:

blinded comparison of Chlamydia Rapid Test with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Setting:

young people’s sexual health centre (site 1) and 2 genitourinary medicine clinics (sites 2 and 3) in the UK.

Participants:

1349 women ⩾16 years of age who had not taken antibiotics in the previous month, were not currently menstruating, and provided valid samples (93% of eligible participants). Most women at site 1 (n = 663, mean age 19 y) were asymptomatic; about 67% of women at the genitourinary medicine clinics (n = 385, mean age 25 y at site 2; n = 301, mean age 28 y at site 3) were …

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