Female STD Widespread


A sexually transmitted disease known as trichomonas vaginalis

is twice as common as previously thought, and is particularly

prevalent in women over 40, US doctors said on Tuesday.

Using new genetic assay technologies for testing, the research,

led by Johns Hopkins University, found that the overall

infection rate among US women was 8.7%, compared to

previous findings of about 4%. Analysing data from 7 593

American women between the ages of 18 and 89, women 50

and older showed the highest trichomonas infection rate at