Burden of infection with C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis and HR-HPV in homeless youth determined by APTIMA testing

Homeless youth living on the streets of large cities and engaging in unprotected sex are at risk of infections with C. trachomatis [CT], N. gonorrhoeae [GC], T. vaginalis [TV], and human papillomavirus [HPV]. The APTIMA transcription mediated amplification [TMA] assays are sensitive and specific for detecting genital infections using various sample types.

Using APTIMA assays to screen genital infections in this younger, largely asymptomatic population demonstrated a high burden of infection. The use of multiple assays enabled confirmation of results and early treatment. Infections with several organisms and HPV genotypes indicate a public health concern for the sexual health of these homeless individuals.

Publication Date: 
2010
Pages: 
e353
Volume: 
14
Issue: 
1
Journal Name: 
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Location: 
United Kingdom