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Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections - New Findings, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Mihaela Laura Vica

‘Iuliu Haţieganu’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy

A researcher in molecular biology and microbiology, with over 70 publications, with more than 20 years of experience in laboratory work, member of the Romanian Society for Cell Biology, affiliated to the European Cell Biology Organisation, and the Cluj Society of Forensic Medicine.

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Bacterial Vaginosis Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases Detection Treatment Physical Findings Traditional Methods Molecular Assays Etiology Sexually Transmitted Pathogens Antimicrobial Agents Antibiotic Resistance Mutations

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major concern for the public health system worldwide. These infections of the human reproductive system spread primarily through person-to-person contact and can be produced by a wide variety of pathogens. The most common bacteria involved in STIs are Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and mycoplasma. As most STIs are asymptomatic at debut, their clinical documentation is difficult. Lack of proper treatment can lead to serious complications such as chronic pelvic pain, infertility, pregnancy complications, pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection and inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries in women whose result may be permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive organs. It is documented that screening and treatment of bacterial vaginosis have increased the pregnancy rate considerably. Also, these infections may be transmitted from mother to newborn babies. It is known that these bacteria are very difficult to isolate on culture media by classical methods, therefore an accurate diagnosis of bacterial STI is difficult to be made in genitourinary infections. In recent years, however, nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) allowed their precise identification from different biological samples. Complications of STIs can cause similar symptoms in several pathogens, but antibiotic treatment may vary. On the other hand, the treatment is quite difficult due to the emergence of strains resistant to the antimicrobial agents used.

This book aims to provide information on bacteria involved in STIs and their consequences due to lack of appropriate treatment, highlighting the importance of population-wide bacterial STI screening and implementation of prevention methods to reduce the spreading of these diseases in the population, especially in areas of high STI prevalence, providing useful information for practitioners or researchers interested in this topic.

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Review results due: October 18th 2022

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Expected publication date: December 17th 2022

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Mihaela Laura Vica

‘Iuliu Haţieganu’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy

She graduated from the “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Faculty of Biology. She has a Master\'s Degree in Cellular Biology at the “Babeş-Bolyai” University and a Ph.D. in Medicine at the “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca. Since 2013 she held research and teaching positions in the Cell and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca. Since 2006 she was involved in scientific research activities, with over 30 participations in national and international conferences where she has received 5 awards. She has published 2 books, 2 book chapters, and 44 research papers in international journals. She is a member of the Romanian Society for Cell Biology affiliated with the European Cell Biology Organisation. Her areas of research are microbiology and molecular biology.

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