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Delays in treating symptomatic patients typically indicate insufficient service capacity, creating a vicious circle where delayed (or lack of) treatment causes onward transmission, increasedincidence and continuing unmet treatment need.1 Increased treatment capacity (complemented by condom promotion and other prevention activity) is …
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Funding The author thanks the Medical Research Council (grant MR/K010174/1) and the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Modelling Methodology at Imperial College London in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) (grant HPRU-2012-10080) for funding.
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