Journal article

Factors Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis among Women Who Have Sex with Women: A Systematic Review

Dana S Forcey, Lenka A Vodstrcil, Jane S Hocking, Christopher K Fairley, Matthew Law, Ruth P McNair, Catriona S Bradshaw

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Women who have sex with women (WSW) have a higher burden of bacterial vaginosis (BV) than heterosexual women; studies of risk factors specific to this population are limited. We summarised current knowledge regarding risk factors for BV among WSW by systematic review. METHODS: This systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA statement. PUBMED, EMBASE, Web of Science and The Cochrane Library were searched to 31st December, 2014. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) WSW included in the study population; 2) accepted BV diagnostic method; 3) investigated or could extrapolate factors(s) associated with BV acquisition, persistence or transmission in WSW specifically by comparing BV posit..

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Grants

Awarded by Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported by The University of Melbourne Medical School and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (APP 102457) and Fellowship grant (APP566576) to JSH. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.