Journal article

Bacterial vaginosis More questions than answers

Marie Pirotta, Kath A Fethers, Catriona S Bradshaw

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis is the commonest cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of reproductive age and is associated with serious pregnancy related sequelae and increased transmission of sexually transmissible infections, including HIV. The aetiology, pathology, microbiology and transmission of bacterial vaginosis remain poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the prevalence, clinical features and possible complications of bacterial vaginosis. It summarises what is known about the aetiology, pathophysiology and treatment of the condition and highlights directions for further research. DISCUSSION: Bacterial vaginosis is characterised by a complex disturbance of the..

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