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Is it possible to have BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) and not Trichomoniasis even if my boyfriend was diagnosed with Trichomoniasis?

By July 16, 2010 - 4:26pm
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My boyfriend had a physical and was diagnosed with Trich, so he told me I should get checked. I did notice the swelling,frothy discharge, some slight discomfort urinating and strong odor more than usual but I figured it was because we were having sex so frequently and the worst would be a UTI. Well, when I went to the doctor I explained my symptoms and informed him that my boyfriend just got diagnosed with Trich. Well, the doctor came back and said you don't have Trich but you do have Bacterial Vaginosis which is not sexually transimitted. So now I'm confused because how is it possible that I have BV and not Trich but my boyfriend of over a year has Trich? Can BV cause Trich? Can Trich cause BV? Can someone help before I jump to conclusions?

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I thought i had BV and i went to the doc to get checked out and found that i had Trich now my BF at the time said he was faithful but now im having 2nd thoughts i have had trich many years ago so i thought it may have been me carrying this parasite well at least i know now...

December 13, 2012 - 2:04pm

Hi Lovelucy

Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis are two different infections. They do not cause each other, although it is not uncommon to have BV along with an STD. Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease/infection. If your boyfriend has it and you do not, you are not really jumping to a conclusion. He picked it up somewhere. According to the CDC, "Symptoms usually appear in women within 5 to 28 days of exposure."

I recommend you be tested for a range of STDs if you haven't already, just to be safe. The repercussions of untreated sexual infections in women are far worse than they are for men.

I have some links for you to check out that may help you understand these infections better: http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm, http://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/STDFact-Trichomoniasis.htm, http://www.empowher.com/condition/bacterial-vaginosis, http://www.empowher.com/trichomoniasis/content/how-tell-if-you-have-most-common-std.

Please consider using condoms to prevent contracting any further infections. Some of them cannot be cured, and it just isn't worth the cost. Take care and thank you for writing.

July 16, 2010 - 6:14pm
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