Women deserve safe and accurate diagnoses for their vaginal infections.
Every fourth woman who visits a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases (STI clinic) is found to have bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis causes problems with itching and foul-smelling discharge from the vagina and can cause serious complications. For example it increases the risk of premature birth as well as more severe infections after pelvic surgeries such as caesarean section, abortion and insertion of an IUD. Studies also show that the risk of contracting chlamydia increases with bacterial vaginosis, says Anders Selbing, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and CEO of Selbing Medical AB.
Almost 3/4 of all women also suffer from a yeast infection at some point in their lives. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection are similar but they should be treated differently. Bacterial vaginosis should be treated with special antibiotics by prescription while you can self-treat a yeast infection with OTC medicine, continues Anders Selbing.
Dynamic Code, which develops self-testing via DNA analysis, now raises the question of how Swedish medical care diagnoses the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast.
Today women commonly turn to medical care to get a diagnosis. To confirm the diagnosis researchers and experts have previously developed the so-called Amsels method, where three out of four criteria are required to ensure a diagnosis: quality of discharge, scent test, pH measurement and microscopy. Now there is also a fast and safe alternative: to purchase and take a DNA test to get a result.
The current problem is that health care does not follow the specialists' recommendations for diagnosis. “We do not know if any clinic in Sweden follows these rules today and if this is due to lack of resources when other health care is prioritised. We do know that one of the largest clinics does not follow the Amsels method,” says Anne Kihlgren, CEO Dynamic Code.
“Dynamic Code always validates its new tests with the existing methods of diagnosis. When this was done for the bacterial vaginosis test it was found that of the 205 samples from women attending the clinic, none of the samples were analysed according to the Amsels method. Four of the samples were microscopic but the scent test was not done, nor pH measurement,” adds Anne Kihlgren.
Now we ask ourselves: How certain is the healthcare diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis today? How many women have undergone an inadequate gynaecological examination and received the wrong treatment? Women deserve a safe method of diagnosis for bacterial vaginosis as well as quick and accurate treatment.
This is a big reason why Dynamic Code has developed and produced a simple self-sampling test where the sample is analysed via DNA technology against the bacteria in bacterial vaginosis. The test has been 99.5% accurate. It is validated by Dynamic Code quality standards and you get results within 4-5 days. Upon detection of bacterial vaginosis, we also offer an e-prescription for antibiotics through collaboration with the medical clinic.