Schistosomiasis, HIV and women - the role of the cervicovaginal environment and sexually transmitted infection co-infection
This seminar examines vaginal inflammation, STI co-infection, and the cervicovaginal microbiota as potential co-factors in the association of genital schistosomiasis with HIV-1.
Between one-third to three-fourths of girls and women with S. haematobium infection will have ectopic parasite eggs deposited in the uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva, a condition known as female genital schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis in women has been associated with reproductive and sexual health morbidity, including infertility and prevalent HIV-1. HIV-1 vulnerability in genital schistosomiasis has previously been ascribed to schistosomiasis-associated lesions in the cervix and vagina.
Dr Amy S. Sturt is a consultant in Infectious Diseases in the Veteran's Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, California, USA and holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MD from Georgetown University, and completed her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Stanford University.
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