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Is bacterial vaginosis an std?

Bacterial vaginosis is not passed between men and women and is not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD)! Any Suggestions here?

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  1. Mercedes Reply:

    Bacterial Vaginosis and Other STDs. It is easier for a woman to acquire and pass on sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, if she is infected with bacterial Source:http://www.ehow.com/about_5121583_signs-bacterial-vaginosis.html

  2. Chau Reply:

    No, bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is also called vaginal bacteriosis which is a disease of the vagina caused by certain bacteria. Women may experience white discharge with unpleasant smell. Look here for more

  3. Riva Reply:

    Bacterial vaginosis is a bacteria infection cause by many different things. You will need to seek a physicians treatment in order to get an antibiotic and get rid of it. Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Other/how_to_treat_bacterial_vaginosis

  4. Holly Reply:

    Bacterial Vaginosis is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. Its unsure what causes it, but its thought that its a change in the amount of bacteria present. This is not a sexually transmitted disease and it cannot be transmitted. Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/what_causes_bacterial_vaginosis

  5. Dominica Reply:

    What is bacterial vaginosis is an important thing to know if you are a woman. Bacterial vaginosis, or BV, is the most common cause of vaginal infections, and is especially common in pregnant women. It’s caused by an imbalance of the bacteri… Source:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Other/what_is_bacterial_vaginosis

  6. Ladonna Reply:

    what are types of STD`S and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis? a yellow discharge after menstrauation with some blood clot and abdominal pain ? what is that

  7. Mora Reply:

    Hi Kiki,Before continuing with my incredibly long answer, BV is much more common then STDs! In fact almost every woman on earth has had at least one episode of BV if not more! In some cases BV can be confused with vaginal candidiasis (this is in fact extremely common) and in some cases there is a combination of bacterial vaginosis and vaginal candidiasis (VC)! The problem with any vaginitis is that most people believe that you only get a white discharge in yeast infections however this is not the case!Bacterial vaginosis is much more common and accounts for up to 50% of all vaginitis followed by Vaginal candidiasis (25% of all infections)! It is a good idea to treat simultaneously, especially if you have recurrent infections! This is especially true for BV for its high recurrence rate of up to 20-40% after 1 month!So how does one know which infection they have! Well it can be difficult however there are some simple guidelines!Bacterial Vaginosis: On inspection there is a homogenous, white, adherent (sticks to walls) discharge! If applying KOH (potassium hydroxide) there is a fishy odour! However as a general rule even without the use of this chemical which is normally used in a physicians office, a mild to very pungent fishy odour is present! THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, some patients present no smell whatsoever unless applying KOH!Vaginal Candidiasis: Redness and swelling of the labia and vulva with small discrete lesions, with a thick sticky, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge (the cervix usually appears normal)!Treatments include oral medications taken usually for a week (in fact topical creams and oral medications may be used simultaneously in severe cases as may ovules! Another thing to keep in mind is that the partner rarely requires treatment unless it is trichomoniasis (more on this later)! The quickest most effective treatment is:BV (Bacteria):Clindamycin ovules 100mg intravaginally once at bed time for 3 days with Metronidazole 500mg orally twice a day for 7 days and the use of metronidazole gel 0!5% for twice a week for 6 months which will reduce recurrences!VC (Yeast):Butoconazole 2% cream 5g (butoconazole sustained release) single intravaginal application with concomitant fluconazole 150mg oral tablet single dose! This would be used for severe cases!I myself like to treat my patients as if they had both infections and typical use a combination of:Butoconazole 2% cream 5g sustained release intravaginally first night with 2g metronidazole (just in case they have trichomoniasis vaginalis (TV) which accounts for up to 20% of all cases) and fluconazole 150mg single dose! For the next days the patient continues with Clindamycin ovules 100mg intravaginally for 3 days and Metronidazole 500mg twice a day for 6 days! She continues to use 0!5% metronidazole twice a week for a minimum of 6 months if this is her 3rd episode, if not she will use it for 2-3 months!Note creams/gels and suppositories are oil based which means they could lead to a breakdown of condoms! Also no alcohol consumption!For those suffering from chaffed irritated skin, I suggest Boric acid (Borofax)! 600mg gelatin capsule intravaginally once a day and then every other day 1 week after resolution followed by twice a week for 6 months! This can be used in conjunction with metronidazole gel 0!5% as another method to stop recurrence! This is extremely rare to use and in this case you should be reviewed for some other conditions!I treat this problem very aggressively due to the fact it is so common and according to many of my patients uncomfortable! It also diminishes recurrence!Now why would BV cause problems with slight abdominal pain! The simple answer is its association with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in which the bacterium has traveled through the fallopian tubes and caused infection further up within the reproductive system! What is interesting is the bleeding which is usually associated with trichomoniasis vaginosis! One can see small points on the cervix associated with cervical and vaginal hemorrhages with the presence of small ulcers! It causes what we sometimes call Strawberry cervix! It can have all kinds of discharge from white/grey to green! In any case proper review by a physician and if deemed necessary (it is necessary for trichomoniasis) labs may be required for proper identification of the disease at hand!Why would a 10 day course of antibiotics missed it is simple! Some infections require certain antibiotics! Either due to the microbes sensitivity to that antibiotic or due to the fact that some antibiotics have a better chance to penetrate and become concentrated in certain tissues or for that matter pus! And to answer your question yes, having bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections actually increases the risk for having STDs, this is especially true when one has PID! PID has its own set of complications including increased infertility and increased chances of extrauterine pregnancies (AKA ectopic pregnancy)!Just for extra informaton, in 2009 one Cochrane review did not find probiotics useful in the treatment BV! However according to a few studies (see reference numbered 4, 5 and 6) a small number of clinical studies suggests that eating yogurt with L! acidophilus cultures may help especially when taking antibiotics and for the recurrence of both bacterial vaginosis and vaginal candidiasisI hope this helps you out and I wish you all the best!Sincerely,Dan MD!

  8. Brandee Reply:

    Relevant answers: When you have bacterial vaginosis does that mean you have a STD also? No; if you have BV it doesn't necessarily mean you have a STD

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