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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

UMBC researcher works on faster STD test seen as key to prevention

UMBC researcher works on faster STD test seen as key to prevention

Doctors who see patients for sexually transmitted diseases often encounter a problem: Some people don't come back for their test results and therefore don't get treated.

That lack of follow-up is one reason why the three most common sexually transmitted diseases — chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis — are on the rise for the first time in years. When people don't get treated, they continue to pass on the disease.

Researchers across the country, including at the University and Maryland, Baltimore County and the John Hopkins University, hope to remedy the problem by developing faster STD tests that allow patients to get the results before they leave the doctor's...

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