Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. Special Edition Nov. 2014

Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans Infections among Women in Karaj City in Alborz Province, Iran (2012-2013)

Fatemeh Tabatabaie1, Ali Kermanjani1, Fatemeh Maleki2, Mehraban Falahati1, Shookooh Yasaei1, Maryam Sadeghi1, Behnaz Jalalizadegan1 and Lame Akhlaghi1*

1Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Tehran, Iran. 2Faculty of Para Medical Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Hemmat Express Way,Tehran, Iran.

Received on 06 August 2014 and accepted on 30 October 2014

 

ABSTRACT

We aimed to estimate the Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans Infections among women living in Karaj city who were referred to medical centers. The descriptive study was carried out between September 2012 and January 2013 to determine the prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans vaginal infections. Five-hundred vaginal discharge specimens were stained using Loffler (L) and diluted carbol–fuchsin (DC-F) stains, and cultures were done on Sabourau dextrose agar and Dorset medium. The data were analyzed with using chi-squared tests and Student’s t-tests. One-hundred participants (20%) were infected with the Candida species. C. albicans caused the infection in 40 of these participants (8%), with the remaining 60 participants (12%) infected with some other Candida species. T. vaginalis was detected in 20 out of 500 women (4%) and 10 out of 500 women (%2) Combined infection. It was concluded that Candidiasis and trichomoniasis are the two most common infections of the urogenital system in women.

Keywords : Candida albicans, Trichomonas vaginalis, Women, Iran.