Acceptability of a self-sampling technique to collect vaginal smears for gram stain diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis

Elizabeth R. Boskey, Shelly A. Atherly-Trim, Patricia J. O'Campo, Donna M. Strobino, P. Misra

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Abstract

To diagnose asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis (BV), self-sampled vaginal smears were collected during a study of risk factors for preterm birth in African American women. More than 90% of those women who were willing to participate in the interview portion of the study were also willing to provide a self-sampled vaginal smear. The smears are an acceptable and efficient way of detecting BV in an urban minority population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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