Prevalence and correlates of trichomonas vaginalis infection among men and women in the United States

Eshan U. Patel, Charlotte A. Gaydos, Zoe R. Packman, Thomas C. Quinn, Aaron A.R. Tobian

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Background The epidemiology of Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infection in the United States is poorly defined. Methods Males and females aged 18-59 years who participated in the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and provided a urine specimen were tested for TV infection (n = 4057). Participants were also examined for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection, genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and herpes simplex virus type 2 serostatus. Weighted adjusted prevalence ratios (aPRs) were estimated by multivariable Poisson regression. Results TV infection prevalence was 0.5% and 1.8% among males and females, respectively. TV infection prevalence was 4.2% among black males, 8.9% among black females, and 0.03% and 0.8%, respectively, among males and females of other races/ethnicities. TV infection prevalence (aPR [95% confidence interval]) was positively associated with female sex (6.1 [3.3-11.3]), black race (vs other races/ethnicities; 7.9 [3.9-16.1]), older age (vs 18-24 years; 3.0 [1.2-7.1] for 25- to 39-year-olds and 3.5 [1.3-9.4] for 40- to 59-year-olds), having less than a high school education (vs completing high school or more; 2.0 [1.0-4.1]), being below the poverty level (vs at or above the poverty level; 4.0 [2.1-7.7]), and having ≥2 sexual partners in the past year (vs 0-1 sexual partners; 3.6 [2.0-6.6]). There were no TV and CT coinfections. Genital HPV detection was not independently associated with TV infection. Among persons aged 18-39 years, there was a significant racial disparity in all sexually transmitted infections examined, and this disparity was greatest for TV infection. Conclusions There is a high and disproportionate burden of urinary TV infection in the adult civilian, noninstitutionalized black population in the United States that warrants intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2 2018


  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • racial disparities
  • sexually transmitted infection
  • trichomoniasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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