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Despite advances in diagnostic technology, there is an urgent need for tests that are easy to use, identify the microbe causing the infection, determine whether it is drug resistant, and provide results faster than current tests.

Faster, more accurate tests would help ensure that patients are receiving the best treatment for a variety of infectious diseases, guide more effective infection control practices, and improve the tracking of outbreaks. Better tests would also help protect our dwindling supply of effective antibiotics by reducing their misuse.

Infectious disease physicians serve as a critical bridge between the laboratory and other health care providers to ensure the proper use and interpretation of diagnostic testing. IDSA is committed to supporting improved diagnostics including providing recommendations to spur research and development of new tests, and encouraging their use in patient care and public health.

Protecting Patient Access to ID Diagnostics

Amanda Jezek, IDSA’s Senior VP of Public Policy & Government Relations, recently sat down with IDSA Board Member Angela Caliendo, MD, FIDSA to discuss the importance of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) in ID patient care and how proposed legislation will hinder the development and use of these tests.


Contact your Congressional representative through our Advocacy Center to show your support for the development of new and rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases.

Better Tests, Better Care: The Promise of Next Generation Diagnostics

Better Tests, Better Care: Improved Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases (Clinical Infectious Diseases)


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