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What if my sex partner has a vaginal discharge and is infected with an STD?
With sexually-transmitted infections such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and trichomonas, it is important for sex partners of the infected woman to be examined and treated to prevent further spread of the infection. A woman in a monogamous relationship may become re-infected if her partner is also not treated.
Do I need to follow-up with my doctor after being treated for a vaginal discharge?
It is important to take the full course of antibiotic or antifungal medication as prescribed, even if the symptoms have gone away. Should symptoms recur or persist despite treatment, contact your health care practitioner.
Can vaginal discharge be prevented?
Safe sex practices such as condom use can help prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted infections. It is not possible to completely prevent vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, because the conditions arise due to an imbalance in the bacteria and organisms normally present in the vagina and their cause is not completely understood.
What is the outlook for someone with a vaginal discharge?
Antibiotic and antifungal medications are effective in eradicating the major infectious causes of vaginal discharge. Both gonorrhea and Chlamydia, when untreated, may progress to more severe infections involving the internal genital organs, known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause damage to the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and related structures and lead to ectopic pregnancies, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and other serious consequences.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2016
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