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Can BV be passed between partners? (when both have vaginas)

Hi 

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) symptoms happen when there is an overgrowth of normal organisms in the vagina. The usual symptoms are a change in the normal odor or amount of vaginal fluid. 

It is not usually considered sexually transmitted, but studies indicate that when two women are having sex, and one has BV, then there is a higher chance that her partner will also have BV. This suggests that sexual exchange of vaginal fluids is a possible way for BV to be passed between women.

We recommend that female partners of women who have BV get assessed or tested and treated if needed.

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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on November 28, 2013

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