Early and rapid detection

Diagnostics for STI Prevention

Advancements in sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnostics have the potential to detect more infections, provide quicker treatment, and ultimately prevent new infections. However, diagnostics fall short in many important ways. They are expensive, difficult to implement in community settings, and can take days to provide results to patients. Taken together, these factors represent a formidable barrier for people trying to access accurate testing and treatment services.

Point-of-care (POC) and “near” POC are tests that can expand access to testing services; reduce time between sample collection, test result, and treatment; and improve diagnosis of STIs are urgently needed. Additionally, rapid diagnostic testing would allow for quicker detection of STIs, often in minutes and could be administered in a variety of settings that offer more privacy.