Cervical and vaginal flora specimens are highly concordant with respect to bacterial vaginosis-associated organisms and commensal Lactobacillus species in women of reproductive age

J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Aug;52(8):3078-81. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00795-14. Epub 2014 Jun 4.


Matched vaginal and cervical specimens from 96 subjects were analyzed by quantitative PCR for the presence and concentration of bacterial vaginosis-associated microbes and commensal Lactobacillus spp. Detection of these microbes was 92% concordant, indicating that microbial floras at these body sites are generally similar.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bacterial Load*
  • Biota*
  • Cervix Uteri / microbiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lactobacillus / isolation & purification*
  • Middle Aged
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Vagina / microbiology*
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Young Adult