Talent Testing Service Releases August 2023 STD Testing Trends

MIAMI—Talent Testing Service (TTS), an industry testing provider, has announced the release of its August 2023 update featuring the latest positivity rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). 

GC (Gonorrhea) Urine - Positivity Index

The three Chlamydia Urine rates show a similar behavior over time including the steady downward trend from the peak in November 2022. The uptick seen in July for Total and Female has been reversed in August with rates going down to 1.3% and 1.5% from 1.8% and 1.9% respectively. The Male rate is a bit lower in August at 1.2% from 1.7% in July. In summary, seeing that historic levels have been around 2.0%, the current August rates below 2.0% can be considered to be within expectations.

Trichomonas Vaginalis Urine- Positivity Index  

The Trichomonas Vaginalis Total positivity rate turned further down to 0.3% in August from 0.6% in July, with the  Female rate also going down to 0.1% from 1.1% while the Male rate turned upward to 0.5%. The current rate levels are well within the general range of 0.0% to 1.5%.

Mycoplasma Genitalium Urine – Positivity Index

The Total population rate of 21.7% in August has broken the steady upward path seen in the previous four months. A similar break in the pattern is shown in the Male rate going down to 15.9% which is a significant drop from the peak in July at 32.7%. The Female rate changed course and hit a new high at 26.8%. These rates continue to be monitored weekly given their high levels.

Chlamydia & GC (Gonorrhea) Throat and Rectal Swabs – Positivity Index

Based on market activity the positivity rates for the four tests below have December 2022 as a relevant, starting point where all levels display their peak and then start to trend downward. In this regard, all the levels recorded for Chlamydia  Rectal and Throat Swabs are aligned with their general trend, with rates close to 1.5% for Chlamydia Rectal and 0.3% for  Chlamydia Throat. The three Gonorrhea Throat rates are clustered at around 1.1% in August, which shows the Total rate on a steady trend while the Female and Male come from different directions. The Gonorrhea Rectal lines show a marked turn upward from a month ago, with the Female rate reaching a peak of 1.3%, and the Total and Male rates close behind at 1.2% and 1.1%. In conclusion, the rate levels displayed in three of the four swab tests would be considered to be at regular levels, with the Gonorrhea Rectal outside that general trend.

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