- Having bacterial vaginosis at the time of exposure to HIV increases the risk of developing HIV.
- Bacterial vaginosis increases the risk that women with HIV will transmit the virus to her sex partner.
- Increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases or STDs such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
- Increased risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease during hysterectomy, abortion, and other types of pelvic procedures or surgeries.
- Increased risk of complications when BV occurs during pregnancy.
Reference: CDC STD FAQs: Bacterial Vaginosis; http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm; accessed: 02/13/06.