A point of care assay for chlamydia to assure prompt treatment in at risk minorities
Location(s): United States
The US CDC estimates that 19 million new STD infections occur each year with an economic burden of more than $6 billion. The most common STD is Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), with nearly 3 million new infections each year. Untreated CT infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and blindness in newborns. African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians have infection rates 8-fold, 3-fold, and 5-fold higher than whites, respectively. To alleviate this health disparity, we aim to develop a point-of-care diagnostic that will increase CT intervention by enabling access to low-cost testing within minority communities.