Is Trichomonas vaginalis still a marker for other sexually transmitted infections in women?

Int J STD AIDS. Mar-Apr 1996;7(2):131-2. doi: 10.1258/0956462961917339.

Abstract

Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) has, in the past, been regarded as a useful marker for other asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia in women. The aim of this study was to determine whether TV is still such a marker. All women attending the Department of Genito-urinary Medicine at the Leeds General Infirmary with a diagnosis of TV during 1983 and 1993 were identified and concurrent infections were tabulated. In 1993 approximately 30% of women with TV had at least one other sexually transmitted infection. The prevalence of gonorrhoea in women with trichomoniasis fell from 20% in 1983 to 10% in 1993 whilst the prevalence of chlamydia in these women remained unchanged at 15%. Thus trichomoniasis is still frequently associated with other pathogens in women and screening of these women for other infections remains essential.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers*
  • Chlamydia Infections / diagnosis*
  • England
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis
  • Trichomonas Vaginitis / diagnosis*

Substances

  • Biomarkers