Table 6

Sensitivity, specificity, and test efficiency of T vaginalis PCR tests and culture

Primer set/cultureSensitivity (%)95% CISpecificity (%)95% CITest efficiency (%)
GE = gel electrophoresis, EIA = enzyme immunoassay.
Expanded gold standard: culture positive or positive by two PCRs in any combination.
Culture29/83 (34.9)24.8 to 46.2333/333 (100.0)10087
TVK3/7GE73/83 (88.0)79.0 to 94.1324/333 (97.3)94.9 to 98.895.4
EIA77/83 (92.8)84.9 to 97.3315/333 (94.6)91.6 to 96.892.5
TVA5/6GE53/83 (63.9)52.6 to 74.1332/333 (99.7)98.3 to 100.092.5
EIA54/83 (65.1)53.8 to 75.2331/333 (99.4)97.8 to 99.992.5
IP1/2GE60/83 (72.3)61.4 to 81.6333/333 (100)98.9 to 100.094.5
EIA70/83 (84.3)74.7 to 91.4332/333 (99.7)98.3 to 100.096.6
BTUB9/2GE64/83 (77.1)66.6 to 85.6321/333 (96.4)93.8 to 98.192.5
EIA69/83 (83.1)73.3 to 90.5328/333 (98.5)96.5 to 99.595.4
TV1/2GE49/83 (59.0)47.7 to 69.7331/333 (99.4)97.8 to 99.991.3
EIA58/83 (69.9)58.8 to 79.5331/333 (99.4)97.8 to 99.993.5