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Microbiological techniques
  1. Catherine A Ison
  1. Correspondence to Professor Catherine A Ison, formerly of Sexually Transmitted Bacteria Reference Unit, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ, UK; ison.catherine{at}

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Microbiological detection of the causative agents of STI underpins the clinical diagnosis and supports the provision of surveillance information for use in public health control. The range of microbiological techniques available has increased significantly over the last 10 decades, particularly in recent years, with a concomitant improvement in the sensitivity, specificity and usefulness of the tests. The evolution spans from detection of the host …

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