Reducing the Burden of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Resource-Limited Settings

The Role of Improved Diagnostics

Published in: Nature, v. 444, suppl. 1, Nov. 23, 2006, p. 59-72

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Julia E. Aledort, Allan Ronald, Maria E. Rafael, Federico Girosi, Peter Vickerman, Sylvie M. Le Blancq, Alan Landay, King Holmes, Renee Ridzon, Nicholas Hellmann, et al.

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There is a great need for improved diagnosis of curable bacterial sexually transmitted infections among women in developing countries. The authors found that wider access to new diagnostic tests has a greater overall impact on health outcomes than improvements in test sensitivity or specificity.

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