STBRU: reference and diagnostic services

Sexually transmitted bacteria reference unit (STBRU) provides national and international laboratory reference services for a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

This guidance was withdrawn on

The STBRU no longer exists due to organisational changes.

STBRU is part of Public Health England’s bacteria reference department (BRD).

STBRU is made up of 2 sections:

  • specialist and reference services
  • molecular epidemiology and surveillance

STBRU services

STBRU provides national reference facilities for bacterial sexually transmitted pathogens including:

  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Treponema pallidum
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Trichomonas vaginalis

STBRU receives diagnostic and reference samples which are analysed by a wide range of methodologies in accordance with customer needs and also performs surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and investigates molecular epidemiology of bacterial STIs through various programmes and projects.

For more information on STBRU services and contact details refer to the BRD user manual.

STBRU guidance and forms

BRD user manual

Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolate referral form: B2

Syphilis/Chancroid referral form: B3

Chlamydia trachomatis culture service request form: B5

Molecular confirmation tests request form: B7



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Published 1 July 2014

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