Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis

Is bacterial vaginosis contagious?

Although bacterial vaginosis is not considered to be a contagious condition, the role of transmissibility of bacteria among individuals is not fully understood. Since having multiple or new sexual partners increases a woman's risk of developing bacterial vaginosis, this suggests that spread of bacteria among individuals may alter the balance of bacteria in the vagina and potentially predispose to bacterial vaginosis. However, since bacterial vaginosis also occurs in celibate women, other causative factors must also play a role in its development.

It is not possible to contract bacterial vaginosis from toilet seats, swimming pools, or hot tubs, or from touching contaminated objects.

Can you get bacterial vaginosis from a sexual partner?

Vaginosis is a vaginal abnormality; therefore a male cannot “get” bacterial vaginosis. However, female sex partners of women with BV may want to consider being evaluated because it can spread to female partners. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 11/13/2015
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