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This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

CHLAMYDIA IN-OFFICE RAPID DIAGNOSTIC ASSAYS lack sufficient sensitivity to ensure treatment of asymptomatic women with Chlamydia infections, Edward Book, MD, University of Alabama Department of Medicine, Birmingham, et al. conclude in a study published in the Sept. 21 Journal of the American Medical Association. Noting the 48.5% sensitivity rate seen with the rapid Chlamydia assay in the study, the authors point out that the rapid test, "had it been used exclusively for Chlamydia screening, would have resulted in treatment for less than half of all women with culture-proven infections."



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