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To determine whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is present in the vagina of women diagnosed with coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pneumonia. The study was conducted prospectively in a university affiliated hospital. Forty-one women of reproductive age whose nasopharyngeal PCR test were positive for SARS-CoV-2 and clinically diagnosed with pneumonia were included in the study. Vaginal swabs were obtained for SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests when the patients were admitted to the inpatient service before pneumonia treatment was initiated. Vaginal swab samples of 38 patients were analysed with SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests. None of the vaginal swabs were positive for SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 does not infect the vagina of women diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia.


Ozguc Takmaz, Eren Kaya, Burak Erdi, Gozde Unsal, Pari Sharifli, Nihat Bugra Agaoglu, Esra Ozbasli, Serap Gencer, Mete Gungor. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is not detected in the vagina: A prospective study. PloS one. 2021;16(9):e0253072

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PMID: 34591849

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