Journal article

Validation of roche COBAS amplicor assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in rectal and pharyngeal specimens by an omp1 PCR assay

NA Lister, SN Tabrizi, CK Fairley, S Garland

Journal of Clinical Microbiology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2004


Screening guidelines for men who have sex with men (MSM) recommend testing of extragenital sites (pharyngeal and rectal) for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Testing of specimens from these sites is not validated by most commercial nucleic amplification tests, such as the COBAS Amplicor assay. To investigate the utility of the COBAS Amplicor assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in extragenital specimens, this study developed and evaluated confirmatory tests using the omp1 gene as an alternative target for amplification by PCR. Of anal and throat swabs collected from men in male-only saunas, 52 swabs that tested C. trachomatis positive by COBAS Amplicor and 30 swabs that tested as negative w..

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