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Response to ‘Trichomonas vaginalis among multiethnic female UK students’
  1. Mrinalini Mahto1,
  2. John Evans-Jones2,
  3. Harry Mallinson3
  1. 1Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Macclesfield District Hospital, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, UK
  2. 2Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chester, UK
  3. 3Department of Microbiology, University Hospital Aintree NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Mahto, Department of GU Medicine/Sexual Health, Macclesfield District Hospital, Macclesfield SK10 3BL, UK; mmahto{at}

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In a recent letter, Oakeshott et al1 cited the lack of data on the prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis in young women in the UK. In their own pilot study of 183 stored self-taken vaginal samples from multiethnic London female students in the age group of 16–27 years, 2 (1.1%, 95% CI 0.1% to 3.9%) were positive by an in-house multiplex real-time PCR test.

Recently, we conducted a prospective pilot study in Macclesfield, UK, to gain female positivity data using a nucleic acid amplification test, the Gen-Probe Aptima TV (ATV) assay, in three different clinical settings—community clinics, genitourinary …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by UK National Research Ethics Service Approval 09/MREC09/14.

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

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