Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners

Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners, Douching, and using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception.It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women that have never had sexual intercourse are rarely affected.

Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray; it can be thin. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. Some women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all. In most cases, BV causes no complications. But there are some serious risks from BV including:
  • Having BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV infection if she is exposed to the HIV virus.
  • Having BV increases the chances that an HIV-infected woman can pass HIV to her sex partner.

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