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ISRN Microbiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 872358, 4 pages
Research Article

Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis in Vaginal Swab Clinical Samples from Palestinian Women by Culture

1Master Program in Clinical Laboratory Science, Birzeit University, P.O. Box 14, Birzeit, Palestine
2Central Public Health Laboratory, Palestinian Ministry of Health, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine

Received 26 September 2011; Accepted 1 November 2011

Academic Editors: M. Canica and M. C. Lai

Copyright © 2011 Yasmeen Houso et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by Trichomonas vaginalis. It is a major health problem worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 180 million infections are acquired annually worldwide. Methodology. Vaginal swabs (1207) were cultured for T. vaginalis on Trichomonas Medium no. 2 (Oxoid) soon after specimen collection. The cultures were examined daily using a light microscope to detect the presence of T. vaginalis. Results. The prevalence of T. vaginalis was 13.6% (164/1207). The infection rate was the highest during pregnancy, 28.1%, and the lowest among women whose spouses use condoms, 8.6%. Conclusions. The culture method was used in this study to accurately determine the prevalence of this parasite in the West Bank, Palestine. The results of the study will eliminate ambiguities concerning trichomoniasis in this country and will contribute to better management and proper treatment.