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Complications Of Bacterial Vaginosis


Updated January 28, 2010

Question: Complications Of Bacterial Vaginosis
Answer: Fortunately most cases of bacteria vaginosis resolve with treatment and don't cause any complications. Of course, this doesn't mean that complications from bacterial vaginosis never occur. Complications or consequences that sometimes occur when bacterial vaginosis is present are:

  • 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.

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