Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis infection among students in some tertiary institutions in Edo State, Nigeria
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted parasitic disease of which sexually active single female students of higher institution of learning are at risk of infection. A total of 946 female students and 656 male students from University of Benin, Ambrose Alli University, Auchi Polytechnic, and College of Eduation, Igueben in Edo State, were examined for the presence of Trichomonas vaginalis from vaginal swab and urine samples using the light microscope. Overall, the prevalence of infection was 2% as no positive case was recorded for male students. Among positives, students from Auchi Polytechnic had the highest prevalence of infection (2.92%) and indicated the highest number that do not use condom during sex. These results clearly reaffirm the need to regularly engage in protected sex so as to reduce the risk of infection.
Keywords: Trichomonas vaginalis; students; Edo State; Nigeria.