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Bacterial Vaginosis (cont.)

What is the outlook for a woman with bacterial vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis can be effectively treated with antibiotics. The presence of bacterial vaginosis does appear to increase a woman's risk for acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STDs), including HIV.

In pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis is associated with an increased risk of premature labor and premature birth as well as infection of the uterus after delivery. However, studies have shown that screening and treatment of all pregnant women without symptoms for bacterial vaginosis did not reduce the incidence of preterm delivery. So routine screening of all pregnant women is not recommended. However, certain groups of women at higher risk for preterm birth may benefit from screening even when no symptoms are present, and research is ongoing to further characterize and determine the need for screening in women at higher risk for preterm birth.

REFERENCE: "Bacterial Vaginosis." Updated Nov 15, 2015.<>

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2017

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