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Brisbane collection of sexual health data could help develop chlamydia vaccine

Sexual health data that could guide the development of a chlamydia vaccine is the focus of a new clinical trial run by the University of the Sunshine Coast at Brisbane and Morayfield locations.

Chlamydia, one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections worldwide, can lead to painful symptoms and other complications, and affects millions globally.

The trial, led by Dr Nischal Sahai at UniSC Clinical Trials, is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of sexual health by establishing benchmarks to inform the evaluation of future vaccines.

“This data will provide a picture of current infections, including whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and will provide a comparative baseline for future trials on potential chlamydia vaccinations,” Dr Sahai said.

“We’re excited about the potential impact. Our team is committed to advancing the field of sexual health, and we believe that this research could pave the way for a solution to chlamydia prevention.”

“The successful development of a chlamydia vaccine could significantly reduce the global burden of the infection, offering a proactive solution for sexual health,” he said.

Clinical Trial Coordinator Nathaniel Mariettakis said participants would be required to visit the UniSC Clinical Trials at Southbank, Brisbane.

“We are seeking applications from volunteers aged 18 to 29 who are sexually active, with one or more new partners in the last six months, and who would like to contribute to research focusing on sexual health,” Mr Mariettakis said.

“Participants must be able to commit to seven visits to our clinic in South Bank and six phone calls over approximately seven months. We will ask eligible participants to provide urine and blood samples and, in some cases, undergo a physical examination.

“Additionally, we will ask each participant about their sexual history and provide them with a diary to complete over the course of the trial,” he said.

Individuals interested in participating or learning more about the clinical trial can visit

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