February 1973

Trichomonas and Yeast Vaginitis in Institutionalized Adolescent Girls

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis
From the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Correction, Wisconsin School for Girls, Oregon (Dr. Ris), and the State Laboratory of Hygiene, Madison, Wis (Ms. Dodge).

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(2):206-209. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160020038007

A study was conducted in the confined population of a state school for girls where the majority of students gave a history of past sexual intercourse. As part of a six-year survey for gonorrheal infection, examinations were also conducted for Trichomonas vaginalis and yeast infections. From a total of 6,304 specimens examined, the presence of T vaginalis in 20.3% was revealed. Screening for yeast and Neisseria gonorrhoeae revealed the presence of yeast in 10.4% and N gonorrhoeae in 6.3%. Multiple agents were frequently present (4.3%).

The prevalence of T vaginalis infection was determined to be 35.2% in a series of 338 consecutive admissions to the institution. Screening for T vaginalis, yeast, and N gonorrhoeae in the presence of vaginal discharge is recommended.