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|Title: ||Comparison of latex agglutination, wet preparation, and culture for the detection of Trichomonas vaginalis|
|Authors: ||Adu-Sarkodie, Yaw|
Opoku, B. K
Danso, K .A
|Issue Date: ||2004|
|Publisher: ||Sex Transm Infect|
|Citation: ||Sex Transm Infect 2004 80: 201-203|
|Abstract: ||To compare the performance of three diagnostic methods for Trichomonas vaginalis
infection—latex agglutination, saline wet mount, and culture.
Vaginal swabs from 3807 women attending antenatal clinics were tested for the presence of T
vaginalis by latex agglutination. All positives and the following two negatives were tested by wet
preparation and culture.
The prevalence of infection by latex agglutination was 5.4%. Using an expanded gold standard
based on the wet mount and culture results, the sensitivity of the latex agglutination test was 98.8% (95% CI
95.9 to 99.9) and specificity was 92.1 (89.2 to 94.5). The kappa index for test agreement was 0.93 for
latex and culture and 0.88 for latex and wet preparation.
The latex agglutination test is a highly sensitive test for detecting T vaginalis infection. It is a
simple rapid test and has the potential for use in screening and diagnostic settings.|
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Sex Transm Infect 2004, 80: 201-203|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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