C298 Hologic

Assay for chlamydia and gonorrhea cleared for throat and rectal specimens

Hologic’s Aptima Combo 2 Assay for Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea) has received new CE-marked claims in Europe. These additional claims allow for testing of both clinician- and patient-collected throat and rectal swabs. These new samples, which can now be collected by the patient or the clinician using the Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit, broaden the range of patient-collected samples available. The excellent performance of the assay across sample types is reflected in throat and rectal samples, where Aptima Combo 2 demonstrates up to 100% sensitivity and specificity in detecting chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The APTIMA Combo 2 Assay can be used to test endocervical, throat, rectal, and male urethral swab specimens; female and male urine specimens; and cervical samples collected in PreservCyt Solution from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. The Aptima Combo 2 assay provides an upfront biological advantage compared to assays that detect DNA – up to 1,000-fold more rRNA than DNA per cell. The assay can be run as a standalone test or run simultaneously with other assays, providing clinicians with more flexibility. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common notifiable sexually transmitted infections, and most chlamydial infections in the throat and rectum are asymptomatic. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that in 2013, 384,555 cases of chlamydia infection were reported in 26 EU/EEA Member States, translating into an overall rate of 182 notifications per 100 000 population. Two-thirds (67%) of all chlamydia infections were reported in young people between 15 and 24 years of age, with the highest rates reported among women aged 20 to 24 years (1,717 cases per 100,000 population). The study also stated that the true incidence of chlamydia is likely to be considerably higher than the reported rates due to the asymptomatic nature of the infection. The ECDC also stated that in 2013, 52,995 gonorrhea cases were reported in 28 countries of the EU/EEA, with three times more cases in men than in women. Nearly half of all gonorrhea cases in 2013 (43%) were reported in men who have sex with men. Incidences of gonorrhea have increased 79% since 2008, a trend seen in most EU/EEA Member States.

Supplier: Hologic, Inc. (Headquarter)

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