Relationship of Selected Bacterial Vaginosis–Associated Bacteria to Nugent Score Bacterial Vaginosis Among Urban Women Early in Pregnancy

ArticleinSexually transmitted diseases 40(9):721-3 · September 2013with13 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000001 · Source: PubMed
Among urban, primarily African American pregnant women, 74% were identified with Nugent score bacterial vaginosis (BV). All BV-associated bacteria were more prevalent among women with Nugent score BV. Bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria 3 (BVAB3) had the highest positive predictive value, whereas Gardnerella vaginalis and Atopobium spp. had the highest sensitivity. Atopobium spp. levels had the most significant area under the curve. Copyright © 2013 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. All rights reserved.
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