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Second tests for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  1. Sue Skidmore1,
  2. Sally Corden2
  1. 1Department of Microbiology, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Telford, UK
  2. 2Molecular Diagnostic Unit, Public Health Wales Microbiology Cardiff, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sue Skidmore, Department of Microbiology, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford TF1 6TF, UK; sue.skidmore{at}

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The paper by Hopkins et al suggests that repeat testing for C trachomatis (CT) and N gonorrhoeae is unnecessary.1 This issue has long been debated24 and currently, with many laboratories having to reduce costs, the view put forward in this paper seems attractive. We would, however, like to make the following points. Repeat testing for CT using the same platform is not recommended for the purpose of confirmation. Confirmation must be by a second …

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