Use of Wet Smears to Screen for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Elba A. Iglesias, Elizabeth Alderman, Amy S. Fox

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The wet smear is an easy, reliable method of screening for sexually transmitted diseases. It can aid in the diagnosis of such infections as bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis, trichomoniasis, and cervicitis. Many studies have been done on the usefulness of wet smears and the criteria to be met in order to establish a diagnosis, but diagnostic guidelines and protocols for performing the wet smear remain to be established. The individual practitioner's level of training and experience is of great importance when performing a wet smear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2000


  • Diagnostic tests
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Vaginitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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