35165 PID: Understanding the Biological Milieu

Wednesday, June 11, 2014: 10:45 AM
Dogwood B
Catherine Haggerty, PhD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology,, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health,, Pittsburgh, PA

Although PID is a recognized complication of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections, the etiology of up to 70% of cases is unknown. Emerging cross-sectional evidence implicates Mycoplasma genitalium as a significant etiologic agent of PID, although prospective are limited.  Less is known about the role of other mycoplasmal bacteria, including the recently differentiated ureaplasmas, as well as bacterial vaginosis and newly recognized bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria in PID and its sequelae.  Dr. Haggerty will discuss the role of mycoplasma and bacterial vaginosis in the biology of PID and potential considerations and implications for treatment.