volume 19, issue 2, P367-386 2005
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2005.03.006
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Charlotte A. Gaydos

Abstract: Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), which are highly sensitive and specific, have provided the ability to use alternative sam-ple types for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Self-collected genital specimens, such as urine or even vaginal swabs, can now be accurately used to diagnose gonorrhea or chlamydia infections. In many cases, use of these sample types can decrease the necessity for a clinician to perform a pelvic examination on women or to collect a urethral swab from men, th…

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