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A cross-sectional study was conducted during May-December 2000 among pregnant women attending an urban maternal and childcare-delivery unit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to assess the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis, Trichomonas vaginalis, and syphilis. All pregnant women at 16-24 weeks gestation attending the clinic for antenatal check-up irrespective of symptoms were enrolled. Sociodemographic information and obstetric history were obtained from each enrolled subject. High vaginal swabs and serum samples were tested for bacterial vaginosis, and T. vaginalis and syphilis respectively. In total, 284 pregnant women were enrolled. Of them, 17.7% had bacterial vaginosis, 1.4% had Trichomonas infection, and 3% had syphilis. The prevalence of bacterial vaginosis was higher in women with low socioeconomic status.



Journal of health, population, and nutrition

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112 - 116


National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.


Humans, Syphilis, Vaginosis, Bacterial, Infection, Pregnancy Complications, Infectious, Trichomonas Vaginitis, Prevalence, Cross-Sectional Studies, Pregnancy, Social Class, Adolescent, Adult, Urban Population, Bangladesh, Female