Vaginal Discharge (cont.)
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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.
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.
Which Types of Doctors Diagnose and Treat Vaginal Infections?
Vaginal discharge can be treated by primary care physicians such as family practitioners or pediatricians as well as internal medicine doctors and gynecologists.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2017
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