Journal article

Temporal associations with declining Trichomonas vaginalis diagnosis rates among women in the state of Victoria, Australia, 1947 to 2005

John Marrone, Christopher K Fairley, Marian Saville, Catriona Bradshaw, Francis J Bowden, Leonie B Horvath, Basil Donovan, Marcus Chen, Jane S Hocking

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To investigate the temporal associations between Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) diagnoses in women at a large urban sexual health clinic and a major Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screening laboratory in Victoria, Australia with Pap smear screening rates and the introduction of nitroimidazole treatments. METHODS: An ecological analysis of TV diagnosis rates at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and the Victorian Cytology Service, Pap smear screening rates and nitroimidazole prescription data. RESULTS: Diagnoses of TV at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre peaked in the 1950s at 20% to 30% and then rapidly declined through the 1960s and 1970s to below 1% in 1990. A similar pattern was observ..

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