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The development of mouthwashes without anti-gonococcal activity for controlled clinical trials: an in vitro study.

Van Dijck C, Cuylaerts V, Sollie P, Spychala A, De Baetselier I, Laumen J, Crucitti T, Kenyon C.

F1000Res. 2019 Sep 11;8:1620. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.20399.1. eCollection 2019.


Comparative analysis of the vaginal microbiome of pregnant women with either Trichomonas vaginalis or Chlamydia trachomatis.

Masha SC, Owuor C, Ngoi JM, Cools P, Sanders EJ, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T, de Villiers EP.

PLoS One. 2019 Dec 12;14(12):e0225545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225545. eCollection 2019.


Daily and event-driven pre-exposure prophylaxis for men who have sex with men in Belgium: results of a prospective cohort measuring adherence, sexual behaviour and STI incidence.

Vuylsteke B, Reyniers T, De Baetselier I, Nöstlinger C, Crucitti T, Buyze J, Kenyon C, Wouters K, Laga M.

J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 Oct;22(10):e25407. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25407.


HPV prevalence around the time of sexual debut in adolescent girls in Tanzania.

Baisley KJ, Andreasen A, Irani J, Nnko S, Changalucha J, Crucitti T, Francis S, Holm Hansen C, Hayes RJ, Buvé A, Watson-Jones D.

Sex Transm Infect. 2019 Jun 20. pii: sextrans-2019-054012. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2019-054012. [Epub ahead of print]


Implementation and evaluation of the Presto combined qualitative real-time assay for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Rwanda.

Cuylaerts V, De Baetselier I, Muvunyi CM, Mwambarange L, Smet H, Rusine J, Musengamana V, van de Wijgert J, Crucitti T.

Afr J Lab Med. 2019 Apr 18;8(1):739. doi: 10.4102/ajlm.v8i1.739. eCollection 2019.


Targeted point-of-care testing compared with syndromic management of urogenital infections in women (WISH): a cross-sectional screening and diagnostic accuracy study.

Verwijs MC, Agaba SK, Sumanyi JC, Umulisa MM, Mwambarangwe L, Musengamana V, Uwineza M, Cuylaerts V, Crucitti T, Jespers V, van de Wijgert JHHM.

Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Jun;19(6):658-669. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30724-2. Epub 2019 Apr 25.


Ten years of external quality assessment (EQA) of Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility testing in Europe elucidate high reliability of data.

Cole MJ, Quaye N, Jacobsson S, Day M, Fagan E, Ison C, Pitt R, Seaton S, Woodford N, Stary A, Pleininger S, Crucitti T, Hunjak B, Maikanti P, Hoffmann S, Viktorova J, Buder S, Kohl P, Tzelepi E, Siatravani E, Balla E, Hauksdóttir GS, Rose L, Stefanelli P, Carannante A, Pakarna G, Mifsud F, Cassar RZ, Linde I, Bergheim T, Steinbakk M, Mlynarczyk-Bonikowska B, Borrego MJ, Shepherd J, Pavlik P, Jeverica S, Vazquez J, Abad R, Weiss S, Spiteri G, Unemo M.

BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 25;19(1):281. doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-3900-z.


The Evolving Facets of Bacterial Vaginosis: Implications for HIV Transmission.

McKinnon LR, Achilles SL, Bradshaw CS, Burgener A, Crucitti T, Fredricks DN, Jaspan HB, Kaul R, Kaushic C, Klatt N, Kwon DS, Marrazzo JM, Masson L, McClelland RS, Ravel J, van de Wijgert JHHM, Vodstrcil LA, Tachedjian G.

AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2019 Mar;35(3):219-228. doi: 10.1089/AID.2018.0304.


Laboratory evaluation of four HIV/syphilis rapid diagnostic tests.

Van Den Heuvel A, Smet H, Prat I, Sands A, Urassa W, Fransen K, Crucitti T.

BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Jan 3;19(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3567-x.


Dual screen and confirm rapid test does not reduce overtreatment of syphilis in pregnant women living in a non-venereal treponematoses endemic region: a field evaluation among antenatal care attendees in Burkina Faso.

Langendorf C, Lastrucci C, Sanou-Bicaba I, Blackburn K, Koudika MH, Crucitti T.

Sex Transm Infect. 2019 Sep;95(6):402-404. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053722. Epub 2018 Dec 22.


Lymphogranuloma venereum is on the rise in Belgium among HIV negative men who have sex with men: surveillance data from 2011 until the end of June 2017.

De Baetselier I, Tsoumanis A, Verbrugge R, De Deken B, Smet H, Abdellati S, Cuylaerts V, Apers L, Crucitti T.

BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Dec 20;18(1):689. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3600-0.


Results from a cross-sectional sexual and reproductive health study among school girls in Tanzania: high prevalence of bacterial vaginosis.

Francis SC, Holm Hansen C, Irani J, Andreasen A, Baisley K, Jespers V, Crucitti T, Changalucha J, Hayes RJ, Nnko S, Watson-Jones D, Buvé A.

Sex Transm Infect. 2019 May;95(3):219-227. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053680. Epub 2018 Dec 5.


Does gonorrhoea screening intensity play a role in the early selection of antimicrobial resistance in men who have sex with men (MSM)? A comparative study of Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Kenyon CR, De Baetselier I, Crucitti T.

Version 2. F1000Res. 2018 May 10 [revised 2018 Jan 1];7:569. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.14869.2. eCollection 2018.


Trichomonas vaginalis and HIV infection acquisition: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Masha SC, Cools P, Sanders EJ, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T.

Sex Transm Infect. 2019 Feb;95(1):36-42. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053713. Epub 2018 Oct 19.


Syphilis reinfection is associated with an attenuated immune profile in the same individual: a prospective observational cohort study.

Kenyon C, Osbak KK, Crucitti T, Kestens L.

BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Sep 25;18(1):479. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3399-8.


Contraceptive rings promote vaginal lactobacilli in a high bacterial vaginosis prevalence population: A randomised, open-label longitudinal study in Rwandan women.

Crucitti T, Hardy L, van de Wijgert J, Agaba S, Buyze J, Kestelyn E, Delvaux T, Mwambarangwe L, De Baetselier I, Jespers V; Ring Plus study group.

PLoS One. 2018 Jul 23;13(7):e0201003. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201003. eCollection 2018.


Inflammatory cytokine biomarkers of asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections and vaginal dysbiosis: a multicentre validation study.

Masson L, Barnabas S, Deese J, Lennard K, Dabee S, Gamieldien H, Jaumdally SZ, Williamson AL, Little F, Van Damme L, Ahmed K, Crucitti T, Abdellati S, Bekker LG, Gray G, Dietrich J, Jaspan H, Passmore JS.

Sex Transm Infect. 2019 Feb;95(1):5-12. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2017-053506. Epub 2018 Jul 17.


Choosing Between Daily and Event-Driven Pre-exposure Prophylaxis: Results of a Belgian PrEP Demonstration Project.

Reyniers T, Nöstlinger C, Laga M, De Baetselier I, Crucitti T, Wouters K, Smekens B, Buyze J, Vuylsteke B.

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Oct 1;79(2):186-194. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001791.


High acceptability of a contraceptive vaginal ring among women in Kigali, Rwanda.

Kestelyn E, Van Nuil JI, Umulisa MM, Umutoni G, Uwingabire A, Mwambarangwe L, Uwineza M, Agaba S, Crucitti T, van de Wijgert J, Delvaux T; Ring Plus Study Group.

PLoS One. 2018 Jun 18;13(6):e0199096. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199096. eCollection 2018.


A randomised trial of a contraceptive vaginal ring in women at risk of HIV infection in Rwanda: Safety of intermittent and continuous use.

Kestelyn E, Agaba S, Van Nuil JI, Uwineza M, Umulisa MM, Mwambarangwe L, Ndagijimana JC, De Baetselier I, Buyze J, Delvaux T, Crucitti T, Jespers V, van de Wijgert JHHM; Ring Plus Study Group.

PLoS One. 2018 Jun 1;13(6):e0197572. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197572. eCollection 2018.


Prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium in men with urethritis in a large public hospital in Brussels, Belgium: An observational, cross-sectional study.

Libois A, Hallin M, Crucitti T, Delforge M, De Wit S.

PLoS One. 2018 Apr 26;13(4):e0196217. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196217. eCollection 2018.


Lymphogranuloma venereum among patients presenting at the HIV/STI clinic in Antwerp, Belgium : a case series.

Apers L, Florence E, Crucitti T, Anwar N.

Acta Gastroenterol Belg. 2017 Jul-Sep;80(3):385-387.


Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among young people in South Africa: A nested survey in a health and demographic surveillance site.

Francis SC, Mthiyane TN, Baisley K, Mchunu SL, Ferguson JB, Smit T, Crucitti T, Gareta D, Dlamini S, Mutevedzi T, Seeley J, Pillay D, McGrath N, Shahmanesh M.

PLoS Med. 2018 Feb 27;15(2):e1002512. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002512. eCollection 2018 Feb.


Molecular typing of Trichomonas vaginalis isolates by actin gene sequence analysis and carriage of T. vaginalis viruses.

Masha SC, Cools P, Crucitti T, Sanders EJ, Vaneechoutte M.

Parasit Vectors. 2017 Oct 30;10(1):537. doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2496-7.


Role of HIV exposure and infection in relation to neonatal GBS disease and rectovaginal GBS carriage: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Cools P, van de Wijgert JHHM, Jespers V, Crucitti T, Sanders EJ, Verstraelen H, Vaneechoutte M.

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 23;7(1):13820. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13218-1.


Repeat syphilis has a different immune response compared with initial syphilis: an analysis of biomarker kinetics in two cohorts.

Kenyon C, Tsoumanis A, Osbak K, Van Esbroeck M, Florence E, Crucitti T, Kestens L.

Sex Transm Infect. 2018 May;94(3):180-186. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2017-053312. Epub 2017 Oct 11.


A longitudinal analysis of the vaginal microbiota and vaginal immune mediators in women from sub-Saharan Africa.

Jespers V, Kyongo J, Joseph S, Hardy L, Cools P, Crucitti T, Mwaura M, Ndayisaba G, Delany-Moretlwe S, Buyze J, Vanham G, van de Wijgert JHHM.

Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 20;7(1):11974. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12198-6.


Verification of chemistry reference ranges using a simple method in sub-Saharan Africa.

De Baetselier I, Taylor D, Mandala J, Nanda K, Van Campenhout C, Agingu W, Madurai L, Barsch EM, Deese J, Van Damme L, Crucitti T.

Afr J Lab Med. 2016 Oct 17;5(1):404. doi: 10.4102/ajlm.v5i1.404. eCollection 2016.


What Is the Role of Paired Rapid Plasma Reagin Testing (Simultaneous Testing of Acute and Convalescent Samples) in the Diagnosis of Repeat Syphilis and the Follow-up of Syphilis?

Kenyon CR, Osbak KK, Van Esbroek M, Lynen L, Crucitti T.

Sex Transm Dis. 2018 Jan;45(1):35-38. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000684.


Evaluation of an automated quantitative latex immunoturbidimetric non-treponemal assay for diagnosis and follow-up of syphilis: a prospective cohort study.

Osbak K, Abdellati S, Tsoumanis A, Van Esbroeck M, Kestens L, Crucitti T, Kenyon C.

J Med Microbiol. 2017 Aug;66(8):1130-1139. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000559.


Eve's garden: myths, legends and secrets unmasked.

Crucitti T.

Res Microbiol. 2017 Nov - Dec;168(9-10):773-781. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2017.07.004. Epub 2017 Jul 17.


Association of vaginal dysbiosis and biofilm with contraceptive vaginal ring biomass in African women.

Hardy L, Jespers V, De Baetselier I, Buyze J, Mwambarangwe L, Musengamana V, van de Wijgert J, Crucitti T.

PLoS One. 2017 Jun 8;12(6):e0178324. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178324. eCollection 2017.


Molecular Typing of Syphilis-Causing Strains Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Patients in Antwerp, Belgium.

Mikalová L, Grillová L, Osbak K, Strouhal M, Kenyon C, Crucitti T, Šmajs D.

Sex Transm Dis. 2017 Jun;44(6):376-379. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000600.


High prevalence of curable sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women in a rural county hospital in Kilifi, Kenya.

Masha SC, Wahome E, Vaneechoutte M, Cools P, Crucitti T, Sanders EJ.

PLoS One. 2017 Mar 31;12(3):e0175166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175166. eCollection 2017.


Detection of new HIV infections in a multicentre HIV antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis trial.

Fransen K, de Baetselier I, Rammutla E, Ahmed K, Owino F, Agingu W, Venter G, Deese J, Van Damme L, Crucitti T; FEMPrEP study group.

J Clin Virol. 2017 Aug;93:76-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2017.03.013. Epub 2017 Mar 20.


Performance of serological and molecular tests within acute HIV infection.

Fransen K, de Baetselier I, Rammutla E, Ahmed K, Owino F, Agingu W, Venter G, Deese J, Van Damme L, Crucitti T; FEMPrEP study group.

J Clin Virol. 2017 Aug;93:81-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2017.03.010. Epub 2017 Mar 21.


The presence of the putative Gardnerella vaginalis sialidase A gene in vaginal specimens is associated with bacterial vaginosis biofilm.

Hardy L, Jespers V, Van den Bulck M, Buyze J, Mwambarangwe L, Musengamana V, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T.

PLoS One. 2017 Feb 27;12(2):e0172522. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172522. eCollection 2017.


Bacterial biofilms in the vagina.

Hardy L, Cerca N, Jespers V, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T.

Res Microbiol. 2017 Nov - Dec;168(9-10):865-874. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Feb 21. Review.


The immunological response to syphilis differs by HIV status; a prospective observational cohort study.

Kenyon C, Osbak KK, Crucitti T, Kestens L.

BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 31;17(1):111. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2201-7.


Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as an Additional Tool for HIV Prevention Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Belgium: The Be-PrEP-ared Study Protocol.

De Baetselier I, Reyniers T, Nöstlinger C, Wouters K, Fransen K, Crucitti T, Kenyon C, Buyze J, Schurmans C, Laga M, Vuylsteke B; Be-PrEP-Ared Study Group.

JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 Jan 30;6(1):e11. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6767.


WGS analysis and molecular resistance mechanisms of azithromycin-resistant (MIC >2 mg/L) Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates in Europe from 2009 to 2014.

Jacobsson S, Golparian D, Cole M, Spiteri G, Martin I, Bergheim T, Borrego MJ, Crowley B, Crucitti T, Van Dam AP, Hoffmann S, Jeverica S, Kohl P, Mlynarczyk-Bonikowska B, Pakarna G, Stary A, Stefanelli P, Pavlik P, Tzelepi E, Abad R, Harris SR, Unemo M.

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 Nov;71(11):3109-3116. Epub 2016 Jul 17.


Association of Sexual Debut in Adolescents With Microbiota and Inflammatory Markers.

Jespers V, Hardy L, Buyze J, Loos J, Buvé A, Crucitti T.

Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jul;128(1):22-31. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001468.


Evaluation of the Bio-Rad Dx CT/NG/MG® assay for simultaneous detection of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Mycoplasma genitalium in urine.

Ursi D, Crucitti T, Smet H, Ieven M.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Jul;35(7):1159-63. doi: 10.1007/s10096-016-2646-4. Epub 2016 Apr 26.


A fruitful alliance: the synergy between Atopobium vaginae and Gardnerella vaginalis in bacterial vaginosis-associated biofilm.

Hardy L, Jespers V, Abdellati S, De Baetselier I, Mwambarangwe L, Musengamana V, van de Wijgert J, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T.

Sex Transm Infect. 2016 Nov;92(7):487-491. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052475. Epub 2016 Mar 10.


A Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study of Vaginal Carriage of Group B Streptococci (GBS) and Escherichia coli in Resource-Poor Settings: Prevalences and Risk Factors.

Cools P, Jespers V, Hardy L, Crucitti T, Delany-Moretlwe S, Mwaura M, Ndayisaba GF, van de Wijgert JH, Vaneechoutte M.

PLoS One. 2016 Jan 26;11(1):e0148052. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148052. eCollection 2016.


A DNA tool for early detection of vaginal dysbiosis in African women.

Jespers V, Crucitti T, van de Wijgert J, Vaneechoutte M, Delany-Moretlwe S, Mwaura M, Agabe S, Menten J.

Res Microbiol. 2016 Feb-Mar;167(2):133-41. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2015.10.006. Epub 2015 Nov 11.


Evaluation of an enzymatic Chlamydia trachomatis point-of-care rapid assay in Rwanda: the BioChekSwab Rapid Test.

De Baetselier I, Mwambarangwe L, Cuylaerts V, Musengamana V, Agaba S, Kestelyn E, van de Wijgert J, Crucitti T.

Sex Transm Infect. 2016 Sep;92(6):430-2. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052202. Epub 2015 Oct 16.


Unravelling the Bacterial Vaginosis-Associated Biofilm: A Multiplex Gardnerella vaginalis and Atopobium vaginae Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Assay Using Peptide Nucleic Acid Probes.

Hardy L, Jespers V, Dahchour N, Mwambarangwe L, Musengamana V, Vaneechoutte M, Crucitti T.

PLoS One. 2015 Aug 25;10(8):e0136658. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136658. eCollection 2015.

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