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The recent article in Sexually Transmitted Infections by Harryman et al1 assessed the performance of Aptima Combo 2 (AC2) confirmed by Aptima GC (AGC) versus culture and concluded that AC2 with AGC confirmation performed well at genital and extra-genital sites for detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC). Culture with transport swabs was found to perform poorly for asymptomatic men, symptomatic and asymptomatic women and at extra-genital sites. The authors conclude that consideration should be given on how best to optimise GC culture in settings where direct plating is not feasible.
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