Developing a test that addresses the real-world challenges of reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
A Pressing Public Health Challenge
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most frequently reported bacterial infection in the United States, with infection rates continuing to increase across all regions, ethnic groups, and genders.1 However, many cases are asymptomatic and undiagnosed, leading to a likely underestimate of the true disease prevalence.2 Underdiagnosis has a direct impact on women’s health, as untreated Chlamydia infection can lead to painful pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
A Clear Need for Rapid Chlamydia Testing
The asymptomatic nature of Chlamydia further complicates management of the disease. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) are the current gold standard, but most NAATs for Chlamydia must be performed in a central lab, requiring patients to return to their health care provider for treatment when the results are positive.3 Several studies have shown that 20% or more of patients with positive STI tests fail to return for treatment.3 The lack of immediate symptoms and the stigma associated with STIs may explain, in part, the reluctance of patients to return for a second visit. Additional barriers to return visits may be due to difficulties obtaining time off from work an/or finding transportation to the clinic.
Diagnostic tests that can be performed at the point of care and provide results within minutes could help ensure more patients with Chlamydia infections receive treatment, potentially stopping the transmission cycle.
“If an infected patient receives timely treatment at an initial visit, further transmission can be interrupted.”
-Barrow, et al.3
Talis One™: The Next Big Thing in Rapid Chlamydia Testing
Designed to help maximize health outcomes in the face of infectious diseases like Chlamydia, the Talis One Test System† may enable fast, accurate, lab-quality molecular diagnostic testing in a variety of health care settings.
†The Talis One Test System is not authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA and is not available for sale.
* Testing solutions are currently in development and not available for sale.
- National Overview – Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published April 2021. Accessed July 29, 2021.
- Shetty S, et al. Diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis genital infections in the era of genomic medicine. Braz J Microbiol. 2021 Jun 23;1-13. PMCID: PMC8221097
- Barrow RY, et al. Recommendations for Providing Quality Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Services, 2020. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2020 Jan 3;68(5):1-20. PMCID: PMC6950496