Evolving Challenges for the Laboratory Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Background/Purpose: Technologic advances have spurred significant improvements for clinical laboratory services including greater flexibility in etiologic detection and result reporting. Clinical laboratories may develop tests for rapid detection of emergent pathogens or incorporate new test marketed for endemic pathogens. Despite this array, mutations in organisms may adversely affect detection.

Objectives of Symposium: Highlight key developments do improve or hinder the laboratory diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases.

Implications for Programs, Policy, and/or Research: Providers and disease control officials would garner information on a wide variety of bacterial and viral sexually transmitted diseases. This will be particularly useful developing or augmenting existing disease control programs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008: 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Williford C
10:15 AM
Implications of the variant strain of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) circulating in Sweden
Charlotte A. Gaydos, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University; Charlotte A. Gaydos, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University
11:15 AM
Detection of syphilis and HSV in MSM
Anne Rompalo, MD, ScM, Region III STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
11:35 AM
New Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening
Cosette Wheeler, PhD, University of New Mexico
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