Performance evaluation of a new rapid urine test for chlamydia in men: Prospective cohort study

Elpidio Cesar Nadala, Beng T. Goh, Jose Paolo Magbanua, Penelope Barber, Alison Swain, Sarah Alexander, Vivian Laitila, Claude Edouard Michel, Lourdes Mahilum-Tapay, Ines Ushiro-Lumb, Catherine Ison, Helen H. Lee

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the performance of a rapid test for chlamydia with first void male urine samples as a potential tool for diagnosis and screening of chlamydial infection in men. Design: Evaluation of test performance in prospective cohort study. Settings: A young people's sexual health centre (site 1) and a genitourinary medicine clinic (site 2) in the United Kingdom. Participants: 1211 men aged 16-73 attending either of the two sites. Main outcome measures: Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the Chlamydia Rapid Test versus polymerase chain reaction assay. Relation between the visual signal of the Chlamydia Rapid Test and organism load. Results: Detection rates for Chlamydia trachomatis infection with polymerase chain reaction were 4.4% (20/454) at site 1 and 11.9% (90/757) at site 2. Compared with polymerase chain reaction assay, the resolved sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the Chlamydia Rapid Test was 82.6% (90/109), 98.5% (1085/1102), 84.1% (90/107), and 98.3% (1085/1104), respectively. The organism load in first void urine samples that were positive for chlamydia ranged from 7.28×10 2 to 6.93×106 plasmids/ml and correlated significantly with the visual signal of the Chlamydia Rapid Test (r=0.7897, P<0.001). Conclusions: The performance of the new Chlamydia Rapid Test with first void male urine samples indicates that it would be an effective diagnostic tool for chlamydial infection in men. The availability of test results within an hour allows for immediate treatment and contact tracing, potentially reducing the risks of persistent infection and onward transmission. The test could also provide a simple and reliable alternative to nucleic acid amplification assays for testing of male urine in chlamydial screening programmes in high prevalence settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Volume339
Issue number7717
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2009

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