Novosanis is working on a better understanding of the needs for home-based urine sampling through Colli-Pee®. Some projects/collaborations include:
- Tropical Institute of Medicine, Antwerp – MSM Study
Recent data by the Tropical Institute of Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium compared routine clinic-based urine collection through a regular urine cup with home-collected urine sampling using Colli-Pee®, among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users. The data shows that home-collection followed by postal delivery of urine samples did not influence STI detection. Only 3 infections were not detected in the home-collected urine samples, while a total of 11 additional STIs (three CT, two NG and six MG infections) were detected in the home-collected samples using Colli-Pee®, and not found in the equivalent clinic collected urine samples(1). This methodology offers opportunities to reach a wider population, especially high-risk individuals or participants that are reluctant to access traditional STI health services.
- Sciensano project
Researchers at The Sciensano Institute in Belgium are using urine collected through Colli-Pee® to understand Chlamydia presence in all ages and genders in the Belgian population. An individual that agrees to join the study will receive a test kit, which includes a Colli-Pee® and instructions for use. Participants will send the urine sample back to the laboratory for testing via postal mail.
The study aims to include at least 2,000 participants of mixed ages, genders and backgrounds.
De Baetselier I, Smet H, Abdellati S, De Deken B, Cuylaerts V, Reyniers T, Vuylsteke B, Crucitti T. Evaluation of the 'Colli-Pee', a first-void urine collection device for selfsampling at home for the detection of sexually transmitted infections, versus a routine clinic-based urine collection in a one-to-one comparison study design: efficacy and acceptability among MSM in Belgium. BMJ Open. 2019 Apr 3;9(4):e028145. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028145. PubMed PMID: 30948618; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6500257