US researchers have been able to develop a new test for chlamydia – a sexually transmitted infection – that can deliver results within 30 minutes, which may speed up the initiation of treatment.
The rapid test of sexually transmitted diseases means that patients can receive treatment immediately, rather than waiting for follow-up, which can help reduce the spread of the disease, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The study, funded by the National Institute of Biomedical and Bioengineering (NIBIB), said the test called Care Point gave accurate results with 93 percent accuracy for a positive outcome and 99 percent for the negative result.
"The STI tests are making significant progress in a specific and simplified reading of bacteria detection and under a short waiting period," Tiffany Bailie Lach, program director of the Institute for Care Point Technology, said in a press release.
She added that the aim of the development of the test is to provide quick results and give patients more treatment options .. The patient should be able to choose whether to come to the clinic or go to the pharmacy or conduct a test at home to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases, the main objective is Encourage people to make choices.
Doctors in the context of the findings published in the December issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases report that people with sexually transmitted diseases do not often suffer from obvious diseases, meaning that they can spread diseases without their knowledge. Between 2 and 14 days to obtain STI test results, women with untreated chlamydia can suffer from pelvic infections. In men, untreated disease can cause an infection in the urethra and complications such as swelling of the testes and pain .
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have collaborated in a clinical trial that could lead to approval of the Chlamydia and gonorrhea test in the United States, stressing an urgent need to develop the tests. US health officials reported an increase 10% in sexually transmitted diseases between 2016 and 2017.