Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trich or Treat?

Oh microbiology! Anytime it can be made visual is a win.

Today, going through the viral culture specimens, and we noticed something moving in one of the 24-well plates.  The sample was from a genital swab which most of the time means Herpes 1 or 2, but usually Herpes doesn't move (at least not visibly). 

What is trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Although symptoms of the disease vary, most women and men who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected.

How common is trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis is considered the most common curable STD. In the United States, an estimated 3.7 million people have the infection, but only about 30% develop any symptoms of trichomoniasis. Infection is more common in women than in men, and older women are more likely than younger women to have been infected.

Lance D. Presser has a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and currently is a Public Health Laboratorian

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