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A combined multiplex PCR test for herpes simplex-1/2 and Treponema pallidum: a review of 5-year routine use
  1. Rebecca Acquah1,
  2. Andrew J Winter1,
  3. Celia Jackson2,
  4. Rory N Gunson2
  1. 1 Sandyford Sexual Health Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Celia Jackson, West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK; Celia.jackson{at}

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In 2010, we published an initial evaluation of a multiplex PCR for the detection of herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1, HSV-2 and Treponema pallidum in patients with genital ulcer disease.1 This study indicated that the assay would improve our ability to detect primary syphilis with little detrimental impact on overall service costs and turnaround time (TRT). We now present 5-year experience (14 March 2009 to …

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