n Medical Technology SA - Trichomonas vaginalis in Sub-Saharan Africa : occurrence and diagnostic approaches for the male partner
|Article Title||Trichomonas vaginalis in Sub-Saharan Africa : occurrence and diagnostic approaches for the male partner|
|© Publisher:||The Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa (SMLTSA)|
|Journal||Medical Technology SA|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University and 2 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Jun 2013|
|Pages||26 - 28|
|Keyword(s)||Human immunodeficiency virus, Sexually transmitted infections, South Africa, Trichomonas vaginalis and Trichomoniasis|
The article aims to focus on trichomoniasis as to highlight the prevalence of this sexually transmitted infection (STI) within Sub-Saharan Africa, and to introduce an alternative means of diagnosing the infection. Globally, trichomoniasis is the STI with the highest burden in resource limited countries such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa; however, it is also the most common curable condition. With challenges faced particularly in the context of South Africa's public health sector, the implementation of affordable and rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests could allow for a more effective strategy in recognising asymptomatic STIs, where laboratory infrastructure is lacking.
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