• Dr. Christina Muzny obtained her medical degree at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. She subsequently completed an internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to joining the infectious diseases faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2010. Dr. Muzny currently has a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis among African American women who have sex with women. For this effort and her other research efforts, she received the 2014 Young Investigator Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB, a teaching faculty for the Alabama-North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, and an Associate Scientist for the UAB Center for AIDS Research.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 In Silico and Experimental Evaluation of Primer Sets for Species-Level Resolution of the Vaginal Microbiota Using 16S Ribosomal RNA Gene SequencingJournal of Infectious Diseases.  219:305-314. 2019
    2019 Incubation period and risk factors support sexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with womenSexually Transmitted Infections2019
    2019 Treatment recommendations for trichomoniasis in womenLancet Infectious Diseases.  19:20-21. 2019
    2019 Trichomonas vaginalis virus: a review of the literatureInternational Journal of STD and AIDS2019
    2018 Do young black men who have sex with men in the deep south prefer traditional over alternative STI testing?PLoS ONE.  13. 2018
    2018 Single-dose versus 7-day-dose metronidazole for the treatment of trichomoniasis in women: an open-label, randomised controlled trialLancet Infectious Diseases.  18:1251-1259. 2018
    2018 Identification of Key Bacteria Involved in the Induction of Incident Bacterial Vaginosis: A Prospective Study.Journal of Infectious Diseases.  218:966-978. 2018
    2018 Why does trichomonas vaginalis continue to be a "neglected" sexually transmitted infection?Clinical Infectious Diseases.  67:218-220. 2018
    2018 Psychosocial stressors and sexual health among Southern African American women who have sex with womenLGBT Health.  5:234-241. 2018
    2018 Is There a Continuum of Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections among African American Women?Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  45:e20. 2018
    2018 Reverse syphilis screening algorithm fails to demonstrate cost effectiveness in persons living with HIVInternational Journal of STD and AIDS.  29:563-567. 2018
    2018 Comparisons of vaginal flora patterns among sexual behaviour groups of women: Implications for the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosisSexual Health.  15:61-67. 2018
    2018 Incidence and predictors of reinfection with trichomoniasis based on nucleic acid amplification testing results in HIV-infected patientsInternational Journal of STD and AIDS2018
    2017 Budgetary impact of compliance with sti screening guidelines in persons living with HIVJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology.  74:303-308. 2017
    2017 Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk among Women Is Not Fully Explained by Partner NumbersSouthern Medical Journal.  110:161-167. 2017
    2017 Sexual orientation and sexual health services utilization among women in the United StatesPreventive Medicine.  95:74-81. 2017
    2017 Trichomonas vaginalis treated with boric acid in a metronidazole allergic femaleSexually Transmitted Diseases.  44:120. 2017
    2016 Sexual Orientation and Sexual and Reproductive Health among African American Sexual Minority Women in the U.S. SouthWomen's Health Issues.  26:612-621. 2016
    2016 Chlamydia trachomatis infection in African American women who exclusively have sex with womenInternational Journal of STD and AIDS.  27:978-983. 2016
    2016 Breaking the Mold: A Review of Mucormycosis and Current Pharmacological Treatment OptionsAnnals of Pharmacotherapy.  50:747-757. 2016
    2016 Pathogenesis of Bacterial Vaginosis: Discussion of Current HypothesesJournal of Infectious Diseases.  214:S1-S5. 2016
    2016 Trichomonas vaginalis Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing at an Urban HIV ClinicSexually Transmitted Diseases.  43:483-488. 2016
    2015 Biofilms: An Underappreciated Mechanism of Treatment Failure and Recurrence in Vaginal InfectionsClinical Infectious Diseases.  61:601-606. 2015
    2015 Accuracy of self-report of sexual activity among adolescent girls: Implications for interpretation of vaginal flora patternsmBio.  6:1-2. 2015
    2015 Editorial commentary: Women who have sex with women: A unique population for studying the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosisClinical Infectious Diseases.  60:1054-1056. 2015
    2014 Added benefit of nucleic acid amplification testing for the diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis among men and women attending a sexually transmitted diseases clinicClinical Infectious Diseases.  59:834-841. 2014
    2014 Role of Gardnerella vaginalis in the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis: A conceptual modelJournal of Infectious Diseases.  210:338-343. 2014
    2014 Antibiotic hypersensitivity reactions and approaches to desensitizationClinical Infectious Diseases.  58:1140-1148. 2014
    2014 Association between BVAB1 and high Nugent scores among women with bacterial vaginosisDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease.  80:321-323. 2014
    2014 Families of choice and noncollegiate sororities and fraternities among lesbian and bisexual african-American women in a southern community: Implications for sexual and reproductive health researchSexual Health.  11:24-30. 2014
    2014 Lack of evidence for sexual transmission of genital Candida species among women who have sex with women: A mixed methods studySexually Transmitted Infections.  90:165-170. 2014
    2014 Lower sexually transmissible infection prevalence among lifetime exclusive women who have sex with women compared with women who have sex with women and menSexual Health.  11:592-593. 2014
    2014 Lymphogranuloma venereum proctitis and clostridium difficile colitis in an HIV-infected patientInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.  22. 2014
    2014 Reply to hickey and forneyJournal of Infectious Diseases.  210:1683-1684. 2014
    2014 Rickettsia parkeri: Eschar diagnosisJournal of The American Academy of Dermatology.  71. 2014
    2014 Sexual partnership characteristics of African American women who have sex with women; impact on sexually transmitted infection riskSexually Transmitted Diseases.  41:611-617. 2014
    2014 Suspected heterosexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis without seminal fluid exposureSexually Transmitted Diseases.  41:58-60. 2014
    2013 Characterization of the vaginal microbiota among sexual risk behavior groups of women with bacterial vaginosisPLoS ONE.  8. 2013
    2013 Diagnostic rates differ on the basis of the number of read days with the use of the Inpouch culture system for Trichomonas Vaginalis screeningJournal of Clinical Microbiology.  51:3875-3876. 2013
    2013 Bacterial vaginosis among African American women who have sex with womenSexually Transmitted Diseases.  40:751-755. 2013
    2013 The clinical spectrum of Trichomonas vaginalis infection and challenges to managementSexually Transmitted Infections.  89:423-425. 2013
    2013 Trichomonas vaginalis infection among women receiving gynaecological care at an Alabama HIV ClinicSexually Transmitted Infections.  89:514-518. 2013
    2013 Sexual behaviors, perception of sexually transmitted infection risk, and practice of safe sex among southern african american women who have sex with womenSexually Transmitted Diseases.  40:395-400. 2013
    2013 Misperceptions regarding protective barrier method use for safer sex among African-American women who have sex with womenSexual Health.  10:138-141. 2013
    2013 Gardnerella vaginalis: Still a prime suspect in the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosisCurrent Infectious Disease Reports.  15:130-135. 2013
    2012 Genetic characterization of Trichomonas vaginalis isolates by use of multilocus sequence typingJournal of Clinical Microbiology.  50:3293-3300. 2012
    2012 Symptomatic Trichomonas vaginalis infection in the setting of severe nitroimidazole allergy: Successful treatment with boric acidSexual Health.  9:389-391. 2012
    2012 A fatal case of kaposi sarcoma due to immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromeAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  343:421-425. 2012
    2012 Genotypic characterization of Trichomonas vaginalis isolates among women who have sex with women in sexual partnerships.Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  39:556-558. 2012
    2012 Hansen's disease (Leprosy): Current and future pharmacotherapy and treatment of disease-related immunologic reactionsPharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy.  32:27-37. 2012
    2011 Sexually transmitted infections and risk behaviors among African American women who have sex with women: Does sex with men make a difference?Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  38:1118-1125. 2011
    2011 Slowly progressive annular skin lesions in an elderly patient.Clinical Infectious Diseases.  52. 2011
    2010 Enterococcus faecium vertebral osteomyelitis and its association with infective endocarditisInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.  18:80-82. 2010
    2009 Vulvar vaccinia infection after sexual contact with a smallpox vaccineeAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  337:289-291. 2009
    2008 Pneumococcal septic arthritis as the initial presentation of multiple myelomaClinical and Laboratory Haematology.  30:82-83. 2008
    2008 Vomiting and diarrhea in a 51-year-old woman with splenectomyChest.  134:438-441. 2008
    2005 Mystery in the basement.Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association.  46:198-201. 2005


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    2013 Vaginal Infections.  473-483. 2013

    Research Overview

  • HIV and sexually transmitted infections (specifically vaginal infections - BV and trichomoniasis) among difficult-to-reach populations of women, including African American women who have sex with women.
  • Education And Training

  • Master of Public Health in Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017
  • Doctor of Medicine, Texas Tech University-Health Sciences Center 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Texas System : Austin 1998
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Internship 2004
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Residency 2006
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009
  • Full Name

  • Christina Muzny