Association of socio-demogrpahic parameters with endocervical and vaginal pathogens of women attending a cytology clinic in lagos a pilot study

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Onuoha, I.E.
Ogunsola, F.T.
Anorlu, R.I.
Abudu, O.O.
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High Vaginal Swabs (HVS) and Endocervical Swabs (ECS) were collected from each of 112 consecutive women attending the cytology clinic of a University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria between May and August 1998. Organisms were recovered from 62 (53.4%) and 24 (21.4%) of the HVS and ECS samples respectively. Thirty-eight (33.9%) of the HVS organisms were sexually transmitted pathogens or pctentlal pathogens. Of these 1 1 2 cases, sexually transmitted pathogens made up a total of 14 (12.5%), which included (Neisseria gonorrhoea, 2 (1.8%) and Ttichomones vagina/is, 12 (10.7). The prevalence rates of endogenous organisms of pathogenic potential were; Gardnerel/a vagina/is, 8(7.1%), and Candida albicans 16 (14.3%). Of the 2 cases with N. gonorrhoea infection, one was asymptomatic while the other was co-infected with T. vagina/is. Four (33.3%) of 12 and 4 (50%) of 8 women infected with T. vagina/is and G. vagina/is respectively, had vaginitis clinically diagnosed. Six (37.5%) ol 16 of those with C. albicans had vaginal discharge. Socio demographic parameters like age occupation, education and marital status were correlated with the incidence of the Reproductive Tract Infections (RTl's). Occupation and level of education attained were found to have significantly influenced prevalence rates of the RTI pathogen (p<05).
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Socio-demographic parameters , Reproductive tract infections , High Vaginal Swabs (HVS) , Endocervical Swabs (ECS) , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases
Onuoha, I.E, Ogunsola, F.T, Anorlu, R.I. and Abudu, O.O. (2000). Association Of Socio-Demographic Parameters With Endocervical and Vaginal Pathogens Of Women Attending A Cytology Clinic In Lagos: A Pilot Study. Nigerian Quarterly Journal of Hospital Medicine, 10:79-82.