Molecular diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis: Does adjustment for total bacterial load or human cellular content improve diagnostic performance?

E. L. Plummer, S. M. Garland, C. S. Bradshaw, M. G. Law, L. A. Vodstrcil, J. S. Hocking, C. K. Fairley, S. N. Tabrizi

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We investigated the utility of quantitative PCR assays for diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis and found that while the best model utilized bacterial copy number adjusted for total bacterial load (sensitivity = 98%, specificity = 93%, AUC = 0.95[95%CI = 0.93,0.97]), adjusting for total bacterial or human cell load did not consistently increase the diagnostic performance of the assays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Microbiological Methods
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • qPCR

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