Aim. To identify and evaluate advantages and disadvantages of a near patien
t test (NPT) for Chlamydia trachomatis, using Clearview Chlamydia MF (Unipa
th Ltd) in a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinic. Method. The
improved Clearview Chlamydia MF test was used to test endocervical swabs fr
om 400 women attending BPAS clinic for termination of pregnancy. The result
s were compared with Ligase Chain Reaction (LCR), using Polymerase Chain Re
action (PCR) as the arbiter. Results. Twenty-seven women tested positive by
Clearview Chlamydia MF (24 confirmed by LCR) and 32 by LCR. Comment. NPT h
as potential advantages in specific situations where a quick result is requ
ired for optimal management of those testing positive. However, the current
technology, available for detection of Chlamydial infection results in tim
e constraints, which limited its benefits in this study, where there was a
high throughput of clients.
A significant number of cases were missed by Clearview Chlamydia MF, though
the sensitivity found is within the ranges reported for various enzyme imm
unoassays (EIA) currently the most commonly used testing method.
The study, confirmed the high positivity in those attending for termination
, especially in under 25-year-olds.