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Bacterial Vaginosis Definition

Definition

Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection of the vagina. Although it is usually treated easily, it may be a sign that you have other, more serious conditions. It can also lead to complications, including the following:

  • Pregnancy complications, such as low birth weight and premature delivery
  • Higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease if the bacteria infect the uterus and fallopian tubes

There is an association between bacterial vaginosis and a higher risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. If a woman has HIV and also bacterial vaginosis, there is a higher risk of transmitting HIV to her male partner during unprotected sex.

Talk to your doctor right away if you think you have bacterial vaginosis. It is treated with antibiotics.

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