Flow cytometric quantification of bacteria in vaginal swab samples self-collected by adolescents attending a gynecology clinic.

@article{Schellenberg2008FlowCQ,
  title={Flow cytometric quantification of bacteria in vaginal swab samples self-collected by adolescents attending a gynecology clinic.},
  author={John J. Schellenberg and T Blake Ball and Margo Lane and Mary S. Cheang and Frank Plummer},
  journal={Journal of microbiological methods},
  year={2008},
  volume={73 3},
  pages={
          216-26
        }
}
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an important risk factor in reproductive health outcomes, such as pre-term birth and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. However, its etiology, diagnosis and treatment remain poorly defined. We evaluated flow cytometry as a tool to quantify total bacterial cells in vaginal specimens self-collected longitudinally by adolescents. BV was diagnosed by Gram-stain (criteria of Hay and Ison). Average flow cytometric counts of bacterial cell-units (BCU) was log(10… CONTINUE READING
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