Screening for gonorrhoea using samples collected through the English national chlamydia screening programme and risk of false positives: a national survey of local authorities.
Bottom Line: Under reasonable assumptions, the positive predictive value of the screening test is 17-67%.Over half of English LAs already commission dual tests for samples collected by the NCSP.We question the public health benefit here, and suggest that robust testing algorithms and clinical management pathways, together with rigorous evaluation, be implemented wherever dual tests are deployed.
Affiliation: Research Department of Infection and Population Health, University College London, London, UK Public Health England, National Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC), London, UK.Show MeSH
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Mentions: At an area level, there was no significant difference in Index of Multiple Deprivation, chlamydia positivity among those testing and aged 15–24 years, chlamydia diagnosis rate, or mean chlamydia testing coverage among those aged 15–24 years, when comparing LAs using and not using dual tests (table 2). Mean gonorrhoea diagnosis rates based on diagnoses made in GUM clinics were higher (53 vs 32/100 000; p=0.03) in LAs using dual tests compared with those not using. Nevertheless, most LAs had low gonorrhoea diagnosis rates that were below 50/100 000 (figure 1). We noted three LAs where dual tests were not being used, all in London, where GUM gonorrhoea diagnosis rates were above 100/100 000, placing these areas inside the top 10% nationally.
Affiliation: Research Department of Infection and Population Health, University College London, London, UK Public Health England, National Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC), London, UK.