Vaginal microbiota and its role in HIV transmission and infection.

@article{Petrova2013VaginalMA,
  title={Vaginal microbiota and its role in HIV transmission and infection.},
  author={Mariya I Petrova and Marianne van den Broek and Jan Balzarini and Jos Vanderleyden and Sarah Lebeer},
  journal={FEMS microbiology reviews},
  year={2013},
  volume={37 5},
  pages={762-92}
}
The urogenital tract appears to be the only niche of the human body that shows clear differences in microbiota between men and women. The female reproductive tract has special features in terms of immunological organization, an epithelial barrier, microbiota, and influence by sex hormones such as estrogen. While the upper genital tract is regarded as free of microorganisms, the vagina is colonized by bacteria dominated by Lactobacillus species, although their numbers vary considerably during… CONTINUE READING
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