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For populations at risk of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), regular testing of multiple anatomical sites is recommended. Pooling methods that combine one patient’s anatomical site specimens can reduce cost and workflow burdens.1 2 The feasibility of such methods within a community setting is well established3 4; however, sensitivities of pooling are inferior to methodologies that test anatomical sites separately.1 5 Our group sought to improve pooling performance near the point of care within a peer-led, community-based STI testing service.
Adapting a protocol described by Speers et al,5 we previously reported3 sensitivities of 90% (95% CI 77.4% to 96.3%) and 89.7% (95% CI 74.8% to 96.7%) for the pooled detection of CT and NG, respectively, when using the Xpert CT/NG assay (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, California, USA). The Xpert CT/NG assay has not been listed by any regulatory body …
Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti
Contributors JAD authored the manuscript with SFEB, LC and JD. All authors contributed to methodology formation, data analysis and the final manuscript.
Funding This study was conducted with support and under the auspices of the Queensland Professorial Chair in blood-borne virus (BBV) and STI. Cepheid provided funding and in-kind support under an Independent Research Support Agreement for phase II of the study.
Competing interests DMW reports research funding from SpeeDx Pty Ltd.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval This study was approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee in February 2017 (UQHREC 2016001764) and notified to the Therapeutic Goods Administration in March 2017 (CT-2017-CTN00812-1).
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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