Molecular diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis: An update

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Abstract

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal discharge in reproductive-age women. BV has been associated with poor reproductive outcomes such as preterm delivery, the acquisition of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and pelvic inflammatory disease. BV represents the acquisition of a diverse community of anaerobic and facultative bacteria and a reduction in lactobacilli. It can be diagnosed using several tests ranging from clinical indicators, point-of-care tests, and molecular assays. Molecular technologies are objective, are able to detect fastidious bacteria, enable quantitation, and are ideal for self-collected vaginal swabs. This paper reviews the currently available BV diagnostic tests in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00342
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume56
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Real-time PCR
  • Vaginal flora
  • bacterial vaginosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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