ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION TRICHOMONAS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Trichomonas infection, which is sexually transmitted, is much more common among nontraditional groups than anyone knew, Johns Hopkins research led by Charlotte Gaydos has shown. Since the infection hasn't been studied that well, the consequences of unknown longstanding infection are just coming to light.
GAYDOS: There aren't as many studies as they are for Chlamydia and gonorrhea, but there have been some studies that point to the fact that infection with trichomonas can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which is one of the sequelae we worry most about with Chlamydia and gonorrhea. However, they've been some very good studies that it is associated with adverse birth outcomes such as premature rupture of membranes, and so early birth, and also with low birth weight, so there are serious sequelae for women who are pregnant. :32
Gaydos advocates for making trichomonas infection a reportable disease so real numbers and consequences can be identified. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.