Journal article

Contaminated fingers: a potential cause of Chlamydia trachomatis-positive urine specimens

Philip M Giffard, Rachael A Lilliebridge, Judith Wilson, Gerald Murray, Samuel Phillips, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Suzanne M Garland, Louise Martin, Gurmeet Singh, Steven YC Tong, Deborah C Holt, Patiyan Andersson

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The detection of an STI agent in a urogenital tract (UGT) specimen from a young child is regarded as being indicative of sexual abuse. However, the probabilities of contamination events that could conceivably lead to STI positive specimens in the absence of sexual contact are unclear. The objective was to estimate the potential for fingers that have come in contact with Chlamydia trachomatis-positive urine to detectably contaminate C. trachomatis-negative urine. METHODS: The study design was based on self-experimentation. Dilutions of C. trachomatis elementary bodies (EBs) were prepared. A participant contacted an EB dilution then a urine surrogate specimen. The experiment was pe..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council project grant 1060768. SYCT was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship 1065736.