St George’s team will help bring binx rapid point of care STI testing to patients

A team of scientists at St George’s are supporting the development of a new technology that could revolutionise sexual health treatment times in the UK.

Professor Tariq Sadiq and his team at the university’s Applied Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Unit (ADREU) have announced their support of the binx health io™ platform, with its chlamydia and gonorrhoea combined rapid test. The platform takes just about 30 minutes to give a result comparable to a central lab test, creating a first-of-its-kind ‘test and treat’ care model for these prevalent sexually transmitted infections.


Interviews with STI patients provide guidance for point-of care testing

A study of patient opinions and expectations about the potential use of point of care tests (POCTs) has found there is broad support for the introduction of these in sexually transmitted infection clinics, but that patients’ willingness to wait for results can be more complex.

Researchers carried out interviews with clinicians and patients in six sexual health clinics in the UK as part of a programme investigating the design and implementation of instant tests in these settings.

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Better sex education urgently needed for at-risk teenagers, researchers say

Sexually active teenagers who were offered rapid, confidential chlamydia testing and same-day treatment at college mostly did not take up the offer, largely due to ignorance about the risks. 

Only 10-13% of students in three London-based further education colleges responded to messages inviting them for on-site testing.


Researchers provide compelling evidence for multiple STI-detecting device

Strong evidence in support of a rapid diagnostic test for multiple STI infections has been put forward by researchers at St George’s.

Using mathematical modelling, researchers within the Applied Diagnostics Research and Evaluation Unit at the university concluded that a bespoke point-of care diagnostic device could significantly reduce the number of return clinical visits and the average time-to-cure from about a week to one day.


Further Education College students to be offered rapid STI testing and on-site treatment

Rates of chlamydia are as high as eight per cent in sexually active students at some London further education colleges. A new trial will aim to diagnose infections within 90 minutes and provide immediate on-site antibiotic treatment.

23 August 2016