Characteristics of patients and samples in this study

  • a The age (in years) for one individual or age range (in years) for more than one individual is shown if known.

  • b The sex (female [F] or male [M]) of the patient or volunteer is shown if known. The number of individuals is shown in parentheses.

  • c One pool of swabs from 14 volunteers was processed as a single sample. The swabs from seven volunteers were processed individually. Vaginal washes from six individuals were pooled.

  • d Swabs from all 18 patients were pooled into a single sample.