New Vitassay qPCR assay: Vaginosis
The new Vitassay Real-Time PCR kit allows the qualitative detection and differentiation of Candida albicans, Gardnerella vaginalis and/or Trichomonas vaginalis in human samples.
Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a commonly diagnosed vaginitis. Symptoms are nonspecific and include vaginal discharge, soreness, irritation, burning, and dyspareunia. Vulvovaginal candidiasis is relatively common with 75% of women experiencing at least one episode of VVC in their lifetime, and 5% developing RVVC.
Gardnerella vaginalis is implicated as one of the causative agents of bacterial vaginosis (BV), but it can also be isolated from the vagina of healthy women. Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal dysbiosis and is linked with a variety of heterogeneous pathogenic anaerobic bacteria which results in the decrease in number of healthy Lactobacillus species.
Trichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protozoan parasite of the human genital tract which causes Trichomoniasis, the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted infection worldwide. The parasite resides in the female lower genital tract and the male urethra and prostate. Transmission occurs almost exclusively via sexual contact.