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Also known as: T. vaginalis; Wet Prep
Formal name: Trichomonas vaginalis; Trichomonas vaginalis RNA; Trichomonas vaginalis Culture; Trichomonas vaginalis DNA Probe; Trichomonas vaginalis by Amplified Detection; Trichomonas vaginalis by Direct Fluorescent Antibody (DFA)

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Van Der Pol, B. (2016 January) Clinical and laboratory testing for Trichomonas vaginalis infection. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Available online at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4702717/. Accessed February 2017.

(Reviewed 2016 August 12). 2015 Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines, Trichomoniasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available online at https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/trichomoniasis.htm. Accessed February 2017.

Smith, D.S. (Updated 2016 October 24). Trichomoniasis workup. Medscape. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/230617-workup. Accessed February 2017.

(2016 November). Advances in laboratory detection of Trichomonas vaginalis (updated). Association of Public Health Laboratories. Available online at https://www.aphl.org/aboutAPHL/publications/Documents/ID_2016November-Laboratory-Detection-of-Trichomonas-update.pdf. Accessed February 2017.

(© 2017). American Sexual Health Association. Trichomoniasis. Available online at http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/trichomoniasis/. Accessed February 2017.

(Updated 2017 January 31). Trichomoniasis - CDC Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/STDFact-Trichomoniasis.htm. Accessed February 2017.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Trichomonas Fact Sheet. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/trichomonas/factsht_trichomonas.htm.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact Sheet: Trichomoniasis. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/STDFact-Trichomoniasis.htm. Accessed June 2009.

American Social Health Association: VAGINITIS/TRICHOMONIASIS. Available online at http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_vag_trich_tri.cfm. Accessed June 2009.

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Campbell L, Woods V, Lloyd T, Elsayed S, Church DL. Evaluation of the OSOM Trichomonas rapid test versus wet preparation examination for detection of Trichomonas vaginalis vaginitis in specimens from women with a low prevalence of infection. J Clin Microbiol 2008 Oct; 46(10):3467-9.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trichomoniasis - CDC Fact Sheet. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/STDFact-Trichomoniasis.htm. Page last updated August 3, 2012. Accessed January 2013. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Guidelines. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/genital-ulcers.htm#hsv. Page last reviewed January 28, 2011. Accessed January 2013.

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MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Trichomoniasis. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001331.htm. Accessed January 2013.

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