Bacterial Vaginosis Is Associated With Higher Risk of Female-to-Male Transmission of HIV
July 31, 2013
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an imbalance of naturally occurring vaginal micro-organisms caused by a decrease in normal helpful bacteria and an increase in harmful bacteria. BV increases women's risks of acquiring HIV and other STDs as well as experiencing pre-term delivery. Also, HIV-infected women with BV might have higher levels and greater shedding of HIV from the cervix and vagina.
The full report, "Bacterial Vaginosis Associated With Increased Risk of Female-to-Male HIV-1 Transmission: A Prospective Cohort Analysis Among African Couples," was published in the journal PLoS Medicine (2012; 9(6): e1001251. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001251).
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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