Home-Based Versus Clinic-Based Specimen Collection in the Management of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea Infections
Description of Resource:
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Management of these infections might be easier if people could collect specimens at home and send them to a laboratory, rather than having to go to a clinic. This systematic review sought to assess the evidence on the effectiveness of home-based specimen collection compared with clinic-based collection for the clinical management of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. This review identified 10 relevant trials and found no difference between home-based and clinic-based specimen collection in the proportion of people who completed testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Home-based specimen collection could result in similar levels of index case management for chlamydia or gonorrhea infection when compared with clinic-based specimen collection. The safety of home-based specimen collection compared with clinic-based specimen collection was not evaluated.