ANCHOR LEAD: MOST TESTING FOR TRICHOMONAS ISN'T VERY GOOD, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you're a woman in her forties or fifties, you may want to ask your physician to test you for a sexually transmitted infection called trichomonas. That's based on research by Charlotte Gaydos and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, showing that in some groups of women, one in ten or more may be infected.
GAYDOS: Well the public health implications are that no one tests for this infection in older women usually, and if they do do a test it's a test that's not very good. Some of the tests that physicians can use in their office like just looking for the motile organism only have a sensitivity of about 50%, which means they're missing about half of the infections, so now the good news is we have a molecular test that's very accurate that can be used to identify this infection. :29
Gaydos says that treatment is very simple and effective, but women must first know they're infected. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.