A novel point-of-care testing strategy for sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women in high-burden settings: results of a feasibility study in Papua New Guinea
Steven G Badman, Lisa M Vallely, Pamela Toliman, Grace Kariwiga, Bomesina Lote, William Pomat, Caroline Holmer, Rebecca Guy, Stanley Luchters, Chris Morgan, Suzanne M Garland, Sepehr Tabrizi, David Whiley, Stephen J Rogerson, Glen Mola, Handan Wand, Basil Donovan, Louise Causer, John Kaldor, Andrew Vallely
BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2016
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted and genital infections in pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of adverse maternal and neonatal health outcomes. High prevalences of sexually transmitted infections have been identified among antenatal attenders in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea has amongst the highest neonatal mortality rates worldwide, with preterm birth and low birth weight major contributors to neonatal mortality. The overall aim of our study was to determine if a novel point-of-care testing and treatment strategy for the sexually transmitted and genital infections Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) and Bacterial vaginosis (BV..View full abstract
This study was funded under a Program Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.