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CPMC's Lab Offers More Options

Nearly 20 million people in the United States get a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), or Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) each year. These infections affect women and men of all backgrounds and economic levels, but over half of all new infections are among the young people 15-24 years old.

The Laboratory at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center has added the "binx io" to its arsenal of equipment and technology. The new equipment allows a diagnosis in 30 minutes or less, down from 48-72 hours, for the two leading STI's, Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhea. As with all DNA/PCR testing instruments, this analyzer offers 99.9% accuracy in detection and allows for a faster and more reliable diagnosis.

Fortunately, these infections can be cured or treated with medication. If left undiagnosed and untreated, the consequences can include infertility, pregnancy complications, cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and infection to other parts of the body.

Roger Riddle, CPMC Laboratory Manager, states "This instrument is a breakthrough in rapidly and accurately treating STI/STD's. The DNA Technology allows our providers to use scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine to treat a horrible disease in an efficient and timely manner. Also, by having clinically proven results, our providers can prescribe antibiotics in an efficient and proper protocol." He adds, "This instrument is a great tool for all of the staff at cabinet Peaks to help provide modern, cutting edge care using new technology to all of the folks in southern Lincoln County. All off the staff at YOUR hospital and YOUR Laboratory are so excited to be able to bring the very best medicine possible to you, our patients."

For more information on the CPMC Laboratory or this new technology, call 283-7090