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The Study on the Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis Among the Female Students of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana

 

Dr. Ngele Kalu Kalu and Kalu, Hannah

Science Laboratory Technology Department Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana P.M.B. 1007 Afikpo, Ebonyi State Nigeria.

 

Abstract: The study on the prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis was carried out among the female students of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, between March, 2008 and February, 2009. Consent forms were distributed to the students to sort their consents. Three hundred students consented to it and were examined. Vaginal swabs were collected from the students using sterile Evapon swab sticks. The samples were smeared on microscopic slides using direct smear method (wet mount). Physiological saline was used in mixing the smear on the slide. The slides were stained with iodine solution covered with cover slips and mounted on the microscope stage to detect for the presence of T. vaginalis. An overall prevalence of T. vaginalis infection was recorded to be 3.3%. Students within the age group 15-19 years were the most infected (6.02%), while students within 30-34 years were the least infected (1.85%). Also singles were more infected (3.6%) than the married (2.0%). The married women were more reserved, and can manage their personal hygiene better than the single women, who in most cases were more promiscuous, can share under wears and also have poor attitude towards personal hygiene. Total abstinence and enlightenment on the dangers of T. vaginalis infection can go a long way in reducing the infection to its bearest minimum.

 

Keywords: Trichomonas vaginalis, female students, abstinence and enlightenment.

 

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