Affiliation : IU School of Medicine (Indianapolis Campus)
Aaron Ermel, MD
Assistant Director: Stephen Jordan, MD, PhD
The Infectious Diseases Laboratory (IDL) has provided research support services for numerous investigators as well as clinical diagnostic services for several healthcare facilities since 1983. The IDL provides diagnostic services for multiple sexually transmitted pathogens and supports researchers investigating these pathogens as well as behavioral scientists who use acquisition of sexually transmitted pathogens as biologic correlates of sexual behavior. In addition, the IDL has developed its own research agenda participating in research trials of new technologies for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted pathogens and has the capability to design novel assays tailored to meet the needs of research collaborators. Some of the assays we studied have become standard diagnostic techniques that are now in widespread use. Available molecular testing includes: Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, Human Papillomavirus, Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, and Mycoplasma genitalium. Routine specimen types include urine, vaginal, endocervical, oral, rectal, and liquid cytology medium. Culture isolation is available upon request for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis. In addition to the main laboratory, there is an adjacent laboratory under the direction of Dr. Darron Brown that provides sophisticated diagnostic services specifically focused on human papillomavirus (HPV). This includes a molecular typing assay that is able to provide type specific information on up to 37 anogenital HPV types. Protocols have been developed which utilize specimens collected from the cervix, vagina, anus, hands, oral rinses, and from paraffin embedded tissues.
Jim Williams, Lab Manager
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