Bacterial Communities of the Female Genital Tract May Have an Impact on Inflammation, HIV Risk

A team of researchers from Mass General and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT and Harvard has found that certain bacteria populations found in healthy South Africa women are significantly different from those of healthy women in more developed countries.

Moreover, they found that these bacteria are associated with increased inflammation in the genital tract, which in turn could be causing a higher risk of ‪#‎HIV‬infection. More research is needed to see if treatments targeting this bacteria can reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Dr. Douglas Kwon of the Ragon Institute and the Mass General Division of Infectious Disease is senior author of the report.

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