Kill or Cure – Diagnosing Chlamydia 25:00, 2018 (Ref: AS05910)


A major problem in the spread of chlamydia in the developing world is that people rarely have the time to see a doctor, let alone attend a follow-up appointment.

In the Philippines a journey to a clinic can take a whole day, and the diagnostic test takes five to six hours.

However, the development of a much more rapid screener—a test strip utilizing nanogold technology—has taken place in Cambridge, England, to allow diagnosis within 25 minutes and enable immediate treatment.

This program follows researchers and outreach workers in their quest to implement solutions.

The result: a fascinating look at several challenges, from trying to educate sex workers in the developing world to the high-tech hurdles of mass-producing test kits.

This film is part of the multiple KILL OR CURE series of 57 x 25-minute documentaries produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.