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Genotypic Characterization of Trichomonas vaginalis Isolates Among Women Who Have Sex With Women in Sexual Partnerships

Muzny, Christina A. MD*,†; Rivers, Charles A. PhD, MSPH*; Mena, Leandro A. MD, MPH; Schwebke, Jane R. MD*

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: July 2012 - Volume 39 - Issue 7 - p 556–558
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31824f1c49

The random amplified polymorphic DNA technique was used to delineate the genetic relatedness of Trichomonas vaginalis isolates among 3 pairs of mutually infected women who have sex with women in sexual partnerships. One of the 3 pairs of women shared a T. vaginalis isolate with the same random amplified polymorphic DNA banding patterns. Shared use of washcloths to cleanse the vaginal area after receptive oral sex was the most likely method of T. vaginalis transmission among this pair of women.

From the *Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; and the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

The authors would like to thank Dr. Edward Hook, III, and Dr. Edwin Swiatlo for helpful discussions regarding preparation of this manuscript.

Correspondence: Christina Muzny, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ZRB 242; 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294. E-mail:

Received for publication October 24, 2011, and accepted February 7, 2012.

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