Vaginal infections in haitian immigrant women living in Miami, Florida

Julia Seay, Morgan Mandigo, Karina Hew, Erin Kobetz

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Abstract

Objective. To characterize vulvovaginal candidiasis (VC), trichomonas vaginalis (TV), and bacterial vaginosis (BV) among Haitian women living in Miami to identify contributing factors to cervical cancer disparity in this population. Methods. Using a CBPR framework, 246 Haitian women (ages 21–65) were recruited. Self-collected cervical cytology specimens were analyzed for VC, TV, and BV. Results. The proportion of participants with VC, TV, and BV, were 7.3%, 9.3%, and 19.9%, respectively. Conclusion. Haitian women may have a higher prevalence of TV than the general U.S. population, which may increase susceptibility to HPV, the primary cause of cervical cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1141-1150
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume28
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Cervical cancer
  • Haitian women
  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Vaginal infections
  • Vulvovaginal candidiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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