Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis in a rural setup: Comparison of clinical algorithm, smear scoring and culture by semiquantitative technique

P. S. Rao, S. Devi, A. Shriyan, M. Rajaram, K. Jagdishchandra

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Abstract

This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a rural set up and compare the smear scoring system to that of culture by semiquantitative technique. A total of 505 married women, who were in sexually active age group of 15-44 years, were selected from three different villages. High vaginal swabs, endocervical swabs, vaginal discharge and blood were collected and processed in the laboratory. Overall prevalence of 29% reproductive tract infection was detected. Endogenous infection was commonly observed (27.92%), and very low prevalence of STIs (Trichomonas 1.18%, Syphilis 0%, Gonorrhea 0%) was detected. Diagnosis of BV was possible in 104 (20.5%) women by smear alone and 88 (17.42%) women by semiquantitative culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)

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