Screening with nucleic acid amplification tests for gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men

Miranda Sherley, Karina J Kennedy and Sarah J Martin
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10090
Published online: 17 September 2012

To the Editor: Australian gonorrhoea infection rates are rising.1 Infection spreads through various sexual practices, and extragenital infections are commonly asymptomatic.2 Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) provide rapid, sensitive testing, regardless of the site involved or presence or absence of symptoms.3,4 There have therefore been calls for a change to NAAT-based screening for high-risk groups, including men who have sex with men (MSM).5 Limitations include false-positive and false-negative results due to molecular variation and lack of susceptibility data.

  • Miranda Sherley
  • Karina J Kennedy
  • Sarah J Martin

  • The Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.

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