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Are we missing pharyngeal and rectal infections in women by not testing those who report oral and anal sex?
  1. S G Shaw1,
  2. M Hassan-Ibrahim2,
  3. S Soni1
  1. 1 Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Claude Nicol Centre, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Department of Virology, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr S Soni, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Claude Nicol Centre, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton BN25BE, UK; suneeta.soni{at}bsuh.nhs.uk

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Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) to screen the rectum and pharynx for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) has shown superior sensitivity to culture methods1 and high rates of infection have been seen in men who have sex with men.2 Although women also report oral and anal sex, clinics do not routinely offer them screening at these sites.

We offered pharyngeal/rectal NAAT, in addition to endocervical testing, to women as directed by sexual history. Samples were analysed using the BD ProbeTecTM CT/GC Qx Amplified DNA assay in …

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  • Contributors All listed authors contributed to the conception, design analysis and interpretation of the paper. SGS and SS drafted and revised the paper. All authors approved the final version of the paper.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Study based on clinic audit data collected as part of service evaluation using anonymised data.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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