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Vaginal Bacteria

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The Well Project

Questions and Answers: Microbicides Against HIV

...Microbicides are new products being developed to reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). Microbicides could come in many forms, including gels, creams, suppositories, films, lubricants, sponges, or vaginal rings. They could be used in the vagina or rectum. How Would Microbicides Work? Microbicides could work in different ways: Killing or neutralizing germs such as bacteria and viruses. Changing the...
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vaginal sex, then anal sex, back to vaginal sex

my partner and myself have started to experiment with anal sex withoutcondoms. I read some articles that say even if both partners are monogomous,condoms should be used. Reading your insights gave me much relief. Question Ihave is that we like to...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...condoms for protection. If neither of you are infected with any STD,then there's no need to use condoms during anal, oral, and vaginal sex(unless you are using condoms as a form of birth control). Unprotected sexwith an uninfected person is... Read more »

Does HIV make your vagina smell?

About 2 months ago I had unprotected sex with a man I found out had HIV. Im going to go get tested next week. Right after we had sex, my vagina smelled very fishy like and that lasted for 4 days and just stopped. I was wondering could that be...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...describes an irritation of the vagina. A condition called bacterial vaginosis, an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, is a common vaginal infection among sexually active women. Trichomoniasis is also a common sexually transmitted infection... Read more »

itchy vagina with discharge

I was diagnosed with HPV about 1 1/2 years ago. I have had no warts at all. Recently, I have experienced an unusual discharge with an odor and was told that it was bacteria vaginitis. I was given medication and it cleared up. About 2 weeks later...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...recurrences so that you can treat them appropriately and possibly ascertain the reasons behind them.See my response to "Yellow Vaginal Discharge" ( for more information about... Read more »


Scared to go to doctor but would metronidazole vaginal gel cure gonorhea? I had it prescribed to me because I had a bacteria infection about a year ago and sometimes get them quite often but have not had one since last year.
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...relationship with a treater that you trust is really important.No, metronidazole won't treat gonnorhea. If your having urinary or vaginal symptoms, you ought to let your healthcare provider know. BY Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Virginal Women May Pick Up "Bad" Vaginal Bacteria

...Tabrizi and colleagues at the Royal Women's Hospital in Victoria found that women can acquire bacteria linked to a dangerous vaginal infection through oral sex or petting even if they have not had sexual intercourse. The investigators asked the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Genetically Modified Vaginal Bacteria Could Serve as HIV Prevention Method, Study Says

...the approach could be a "one-two punch" to prevent HIV transmission, adding, "We're using bacteria that naturally live in the (vaginal) membranes to block these viruses" ( Orlando Sentinel/ Baltimore Sun , 9/9). Lee said that the research could... Read more »
The Body PRO

Presence of Lactobacillus May Reduce HIV Concentration in Vaginal Fluid

...a bacteria found in yogurt), appears to reduce vaginal HIV viral load. Jane Hitti: We were interested to see how healthy vaginal bacteria, as well as abnormal vaginal bacteria, might influence the amount of HIV found in the vagina, for women... Read more »
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


...inflammation of the vagina. What are the symptoms of vaginitis? In general, vaginitis may cause itching, irritation, or abnormal vaginal discharge. There are a several different kinds of vaginitis, each with their own causes and symptoms: ... Read more »
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please help me

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...lose it and I need someone to talk to. I have 2 infections. been to dr. all std tests come back negative. positive for e.coli bacteria in vag., but, what is scaring me to death is I have a possible thrush in my mouth. Dr. wants me to be tested... Read more »

yeast infection or something

Posted by hopefulindy, 1 Reply
...around even though it has been treated 2x with prescription and once otc. The symptoms have lessened tremendously but still some vaginal discomfort. I know persistent yeast infection can be a symptom of hiv. Could it be so persistent because of... Read more »

vaginal yeast infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
could a woman have yeast infections and never know she has one say if she was hiv pos would she continue to have yeast infections that would never require treatment Read more »

Another worrisome situation...

Posted by darkwithrobots, 1 Reply
...mouth without thinking. The thing that scares me is that I have a cut in my mouth. I didn't see any blood anywhere, but I know vaginal secretions can be on the container from people who may put their tampon applicators there and I'm worried... Read more »