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Iatrogenic transmission of Trichomonas vaginalis by a traditional healer
  1. Kevin Peterson,
  2. Diarre Drame
  1. Medical Research Council Laboratories, Banjul, The Gambia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kevin Peterson, Medical Research Council Laboratories, c/o MRC, POB 273 Banjul, The Gambia; kpeterson{at}


A woman presenting to an STI/HIV clinic in The Gambia with T vaginalis and a history of a digital vaginal ‘exam’ by a traditional healer implies non-sexual transmission of trichomonas between patients and reinforces the role of practitioner hygiene in preventing spread of infections.

  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • traditional medicine
  • infectious disease transmission
  • professional-to-patient
  • Africa
  • infection control
  • transmission
  • Trichomonas
  • tropical STDS

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  • Funding Care for this patient and salaries of both authors were primarily funded by the Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, The Gambia.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Detail has been removed from this case description to ensure anonymity. The editors and reviewers have seen the detailed information available and are satisfied that the information backs up the case the authors are making.

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