Vaginal swabs are slightly more sensitive than urine samples for detecting chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis in women

Clinical Question

Are urine samples as accurate as vaginally collected samples to detect chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis in women?

Bottom line

In this study, the overall sensitivity for detecting chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomonas in women was greater with vaginal samples than urine samples. 2a

Study design: Meta-analysis (other)

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)

Reviewer

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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Comments

Arup Kumar Dhara

Impact assessment

Excellent

Roland Michael Grad

Not enough information ...

Are we evaluating the accuracy of these two methods of detection in people with or without symptoms? This is an important distinction. Screening for chlamydia is recommended for Canadians under 30 who have been sexually active.