Evidence bacterial vaginosis could be sexually transmitted

NEW studies provide compelling evidence that bacterial vaginosis (BV) is highly prevalent and caused by organisms that are sexually transmitted, Melbourne researchers say.

A study examining vaginal swab results from 1100 women aged 16–25 years recruited from GP and sexual health clinics, to be presented at the conference this week, provide Australia’s first BV prevalence rate of 11.8%.

Young women with BV were twice as likely as those with no BV to report increased numbers of male sexual partners, and three times more likely to report a female sexual partner.

“There is a lot of skepticism out there about whether BV is sexually transmitted or not,” said Dr Catriona Bradshaw, clinical associate professor at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population Health. 

“We haven’t got enough data to prove that it is or isn’t, but it is so highly suggestive from the studies we do,” Dr