Table 3

Epidemiological characteristics of bacterial vaginosis and “normal women” categories

Bacterial vaginosis (123) M hominis“Normal women” (215)* M hominis
Epidemiological characteristicNeg (50)Pos (73)≥5 × 105 (35)Neg (201)Pos (14)≥5 × 105 (2)
*Women with G vaginalis/anaerobes in vaginal swab cultures have been excluded.
†Information not available for some patients; hence denominator shown.
‡Pregnant, hysterectomised, and menopausal women have been excluded.
§Pregnant, hysterctomised, and menopausal women and those with vasectomised husbands have been excluded.
Mean age27.2027.9727.5426.1626.6425.5
Mean age first sex17.2617.5917.7717.4418.2119.0
Marital status:
Single30 (60%)46 (63%)23 (66%)145 (72%)11 (79%)2
Currently married10 (20%)12 (16%)3 (8%)44 (22%)1 (7%)0
Divorced/widowed/separated10 (20%)15 (20%)9 (26%)12 (6%)2 (14%)0
Last sex in past 2 weeks34 (68%)43 (59%)16 (46%)119/200 (60%)8 (57%)1
Positive history of cunnilingus†:27/38 (71%)27/45 (60%)8/17 (47%)95/137 (69%)5/8 (63%)0
Never pregnant24 (48%)24 (33%)10 (29%)111 (55%)7 (50%)0
More than 1 sex partner past 12 months14 (28%)17 (23%)11 (31%)50/200 (25%)6 (43%)0
Last menstrual period‡:
≤9 days ago7/47 (15%)13/66 (20%)4/30 (13%)29/190 (15%)4/14 (28%)1
10–19 days ago22/47 (47%)32/66 (48%)15/30 (50%)89/190 (47%)5/14 (36%)1
>19 days ago18/47 (38%)21/66 (32%)11/30 (37%)72/190 (38%)5/14 (36%)0
Contraception§:
Hormone19/40 (47%)21/58 (36%)7/27 (26%)83/175 (47%)7/12 (58%)1
IUCD2/40 (5%)14/58 (24%)10/27 (37%)6/175 (3%)0/120
None7/40 (17%)10/58 (17%)3/27 (11%)29/175 (17%)2/12 (17%)0
Condom:
Sometimes4 (8%)7 (10%)4 (11%)14 (7%)00
Always2 (4%)5 (7%)2 (6%)31 (15%)00
Smoker:25 (50%)42 (57%)21 (60%)84 (42%)5 (36%)0
Partner circumcised†:3/37 (8%)3/44 (7%)010/120 (8%)3/10 (30%)1/2