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Non-optimal cervicovaginal microbiota is associated with adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes. However, the nature of the vaginal microbiota in PNG women of reproductive age, which can vary depending on race, is unknown.
Furthermore, the role of the vaginal microbiome in protecting against or increasing susceptibility to sexually transmitted infection (STIs), and adverse reproductive health outcomes including preterm delivery and birth weight are unknown in this specific cohort.
This initiative will advance knowledge of the diversity of bacteria colonised in the cervicovagina as well as generate pilot data and build capacity for microbiome research at the Burnet.