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Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS): from case reports to a call for concerted action against this neglected gynaecological disease

Christinet, Vanessa, Lazdins-Helds, Janis K., Stothard, Russell ORCID: and Reinhard-Rupp, Jutta (2016) 'Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS): from case reports to a call for concerted action against this neglected gynaecological disease'. International Journal for Parasitology, Vol 46, Issue 7, pp. 395-404.

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In recent years, control of neglected tropical diseases has been increasing gaining momentum and interventions against schistosomiasis are being progressively scaled-up through expansion of donated praziquantel and preventive chemotherapy campaigns. However, the public health importance of female genital schistosomiasis is not fully recognised nor its control is adequately addressed. Taking a clinical and anatomopathological perspective, we evaluated the available literature to highlight the importance female genital schistosomiasis and its connections with two sexually transmitted infections of global importance, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Human Papilloma Virus. Outside the long list of clinical descriptive reports beginning in 1899, there is presently a shocking gap in epidemiological assessment and a significant underestimation of the burden of FGS remains. The scarcity of integrated approaches to address female genital schistosomiasis calls for more concerted action in its detection, treatment and prevention alongside other concomitant women’s health issues, otherwise female genital schistosomiasis will remain a neglected gynaecological disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503.5 Complications
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
WP Gynecology > Anatomy. Diseases. Injuries > WP 140 Diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
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Depositing User: Jessica Jones
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 12:53


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