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Should we retest for trichomonas?

We occasionally get Trichomonas vaginalis reported as an unexpected finding on a cervical smear result in asymptomatic women, who might be considered low risk. I believe these can be ‘false positives', but don't understand the mechanism for this – can you explain? Our policy is to recall the patient for a high vaginal swab (HVS) and treat only if this is positive – what is your approach?

A wet prep is the best way to detect T.vaginalis A wet prep is the best way to detect T.vaginalis

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