Is non-invasive testing for sexually transmitted infections an efficient and acceptable alternative for patients? A randomised controlled trial.

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Objectives A randomised controlled trial was conducted to assess and quantify the efficacy and acceptability of non-invasive testing (NIT) for sexually transmitted infections (STI) in asymptomatic patients within a genitourinary medicine clinic. Methods Patients were randomly assigned to either standard of care (SOC-STI testing with genital examination) or NIT. The length of time patients spent in the clinic was recorded and patients were asked to complete a satisfaction survey. Results 391 participants were randomly assigned. The length of time male and female patients spent in the clinic was significantly shorter with NIT (men 26 min; women 23 min) compared with SOC (men 41 min; women 45 min, p

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Original languageEnglish
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2010