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About Precise Research

What are these tests for?

We are developing rapid and accurate tests for sexual infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which can be treated with antibiotics. The tests that we are developing will allow patients to know which infection they have and what type of antibiotics will treat their infection most effectively, all before leaving the clinic.

Why develop new tests?

Some sexual infections are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, which means that some people will have a resistant infection without knowing it and the treatment that they are given will not work. This can drive doctors towards the routine use of increasingly more potent antibiotics for simple infections, often at an increased cost to the health service. This increases the risk of bacteria developing resistance to these antibiotics, and may reduce their effectiveness in the future.

The tests we are developing will identify the right drug for the right person. This will be cheaper, and it will make sure that antibiotics for these infections are used only when they need to be.

Using antibiotics carefully is important to make sure resistance is minimised so they can continue to fight infection. If you are interested in knowing more about how antibiotic resistance works and why it’s important, check out our page on antibiotic resistance.

What can I do?

The way that we design these tests may change the way that NHS sexual health services work. We would like to know what patients and healthcare professionals think we can do to design these tests in ways that improve their experiences at clinic.

If you are a patient or healthcare professional contact us now to get involved.

Who is running this research and how is it funded?

The Precise study is run by St George’s University of London, in collaboration with Atlas Genetics Ltd.

The PRECISE study has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation (NIHR i4i) Programme (Ref:II-LB-0214-20005). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Who works on the Precise study?

Our team is made up of clinicians, microbiologists, epidemiologists, and social scientists. A bit about each of us can be found on our meet the Team page.