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Medical News & Perspectives
June 7, 2006

High Prevalence of Lesser-Known STDs

JAMA. 2006;295(21):2467. doi:10.1001/jama.295.21.2467

New studies providing the first national data on bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis in women in the United States show high prevalence of these lesser-known and potentially serious sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly among black women. The findings were presented at the recent 2006 National STD Prevention Conference.

“Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis often go undiagnosed, and when left untreated, they carry risks for potentially serious health problems,” said John Douglas, MD, director of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Ga.