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, Molly Shea, Rosanna W. Peeling

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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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