Acceptability, feasibility and cost of point of care testing for sexually transmitted infections among South African adolescents where syndromic management is standard of care

By Rebecca Marcus  Pike C  K. Gill  P. Smith  S. Rouhani  A. Mendelsohn  E. Mendel  N. Lince‑Deroche  K. Naidoo  N. Ahmed  |  | 


Young people (YP) in southern Africa are at substantial risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Despite the epidemiological and biological link between STIs and HIV transmission and acquisition, infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) remain widely undiagnosed. Syndromic STI man‑ agement is the standard of care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) despite a high prevalence of asymp‑ tomatic infections. We conducted an observational study to explore the acceptability, feasibility, and cost of a STI test-and-treat service for YP in Cape Town. Methods YP attending a mobile clinic (MC)

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