Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Oct;47(5):415-8.

Self-obtained vaginal swabs for PCR chlamydia testing: a practical alternative.

Author information

Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Women's Health Research Centre, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand.


This study shows that given a choice, New Zealand women at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI) opt to provide a self-taken vaginal swab over a clinician-taken sample for STI testing. Self-obtained vaginal swabs have previously been shown to have equal sensitivity and specificity to endocervical swabs and greater sensitivity than urine for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We suggest that self-obtained vaginal swabs should be a readily available option offered to women for chlamydia testing by PCR in New Zealand.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Support Center