Infectious Disease Overview
Vaginal infections are among the most frequent reproductive health complaints of women worldwide. Bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomonas are responsible for a large number of clinic visits and a great deal of day-to-day distress among women. The vagina is also a major port of entry for pathogens, and the health of the vaginal environment contributes to women’s resistance to such pathogens. Thus, treatments or preventive measures that can improve vaginal health and reduce the frequency of minor infections may also lower the impact and risk of more serious and potentially life-threatening infections, including HIV.
Through our work in this area, we seek to improve our knowledge of the vaginal environment and its interaction with pathogens, to produce and re-interpret epidemiological evidence, and consequently, to identify avenues for improving women’s reproductive health. Among our approaches is to explore innovative uses of health technologies, such as new uses of established/approved drugs, to improve vaginal health and to decrease the risk and impact of various infections.