Self-obtained vaginal swabs for diagnosis of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent girls

Kim Smith, Kathy Harrington, Gina Wingood, M. Kim Oh, Edward W. Hook, Ralph DiClemente

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Objective: To ascertain the acceptability of testing and prevalence of 3 readily treatable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) (infections with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Trichomonas vaginalis) with the use of patient-obtained vaginal swabs. Study Design: Study participants at each initial session were asked to provide self-obtained vaginal swabs for ligase chain reaction testing to detect N gonorrhoeae and C trachomatis, and for culture of T vaginalis. Setting: Behavioral intervention sessions with African American adolescent girls in a nonclinical program to reduce risk of STDs, human immunodeficiency virus infection, and pregnancy. Results: All study participants were offered their choice of STD screening in the context of a traditional pelvic examination or using self-obtained vaginal swabs. All eligible participants chose self-administered vaginal swabs. Of the 512 participants examined at their initial study visit, 28.7% were found to be infected with 1 or more treatable STDs (5.3% with N gonorrhoeae, 17.8% with C trachomatis, and 12.9% with T vaginalis). Conclusions: With the use of newer detection systems, STDs can be readily detected in nonclinical settings with the use of self-obtained vaginal swabs, providing new opportunities for efforts to control STDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-679
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Volume155
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Gonorrhea
Ligase Chain Reaction
Trichomonas vaginalis
Gynecological Examination
Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Chlamydia trachomatis
Virus Diseases
African Americans
HIV
Pregnancy

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Self-obtained vaginal swabs for diagnosis of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent girls. / Smith, Kim; Harrington, Kathy; Wingood, Gina; Kim Oh, M.; Hook, Edward W.; DiClemente, Ralph.

In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 155, No. 6, 01.01.2001, p. 676-679.

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Smith, Kim ; Harrington, Kathy ; Wingood, Gina ; Kim Oh, M. ; Hook, Edward W. ; DiClemente, Ralph. / Self-obtained vaginal swabs for diagnosis of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent girls. In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2001 ; Vol. 155, No. 6. pp. 676-679.
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