Monitoring therapy success of urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infections in women: A prospective observational cohort study

Most RNA- or DNA-positive results after treatment of urogenital C. trachomatis may be caused by non-viable molecular remnants since they cannot be confirmed by culture. In a minority viable C. trachomatis was found in culture at the second visit, indicating that patients may remain infectious at least 7 days after treatment. We included 90 women with a positive RNA-test prior to receiving treatment of whom 81 (90%) were also DNA-positive, and 69 (76.7%) culture-positive. Prolonged and intermittent positive RNA and DNA results over time were observed. Three women had culture positive results at the second visit, but all were negative...

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