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Nucleic acid contamination in sexual health clinics.
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PMID:  25485648     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review explores the potential for nucleic acid contamination with gonorrhoea or chlamydia within healthcare settings, the implications that this has for the transmission of infection and the potential for contamination to cause false positive test results in patients.
RECENT FINDINGS: Contamination with Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae nucleic acid on hard surfaces and examination equipment is common particularly in areas where urine samples are being taken. The quantity of material which can be detected is low and unlikely to lead to transmission of infection, but does present a potential risk for contamination of patient samples leading to false positive results. Attempts to reduce contamination through cleaning and improved infection control have been unsuccessful.
SUMMARY: Clinicians involved in taking specimens for sexually transmitted infections should be aware of the risk of surface contamination, and the potential for specimen contamination. As patients increasingly take their own genital specimens rather than it being done by doctors or nurses, patients need to be given appropriate advice to minimize the risk of contamination.
Jonathan D C Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in infectious diseases     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1473-6527     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-9    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809878     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Infect Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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