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Advances in PCR for POCT to Address the Sexually Transmitted Infection Epidemic
Live Event: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
PACE® Credit available until April 5, 2022  |  Florida Lab Credit available
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The most recent CDC report on STI surveillance showed that rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the US were at a 20-year high in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year. STIs affect everyone. Untreated STIs cost our society billions of dollars a year yet are largely preventable. Traditional STI testing doesn’t provide an accurate result soon enough for a results-driven diagnosis during the patient visit, so clinicians prescribe STI treatments before they have a clear diagnosis. This can lead to delayed or ineffective treatment for the patient, and to the emergence of antibiotic resistant microbes.

Adopting rapid PCR at the POC would enable clinicians to have a productive discussion with the patient during the visit to help increase treatment adherence and also to reduce the number of patients who are often lost to follow-up when they leave without the right treatment. This can reduce the spread of infection in patients, their partner(s) and stop transmission throughout the community.

This webinar will present recent advances in nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) methodology, and instrument-free single-use PCR (polymerase chain reaction) in particular, that provides both accuracy and speed of results at the point of care. Such advancements for STI enables clinicians to make results-driven diagnoses for correct treatment, all while the patient is still at the clinic visit, for a more focused clinician-patient dialogue and ‘teachable moment’.

This webinar will:
  • Review the rising rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
  • Analyze today’s STI testing methods
  • Discuss the challenges and implications of today’s testing methods for the patient, clinician, and public health
  • Examine the criteria for POC testing that could improve patient and clinician satisfaction scores and positively impact STI rates 
Gary Schoolnik, MD
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Chief Medical Officer, Visby Medical

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Dr. Schoolnik received his M.D. degree and infectious diseases subspecialty training at the University of Washington in Seattle, served as medical intern, resident and chief resident at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and he was a research associate and associate physician at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan. While on the Stanford Medical School faculty he served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. National service included his appointment to the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH and his role as chair of the NIH Trans-Institute Committee on the Human Microbiome and co-chair of the NIH Blue Ribbon Committee on Bioterrorism.
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