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Bacterial vaginosis: Just The Facts

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Bacterial vaginosis is not an STI. The vagina contains a mix of so-called "good" bacteria, which can help protect against infection, and a smaller amount of "bad" bacteria, which can cause infection.

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1. What are the Symptoms?
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Around half of women with bacterial vaginosis will not have any signs or symptoms at all, or may not be aware of them. If you do get symptoms you might notice a change in the colour and smell in your usual vaginal discharge.

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2. How is it tested?
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It can be easily diagnosed through a simple swab or urine test.

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3. What is the treatment?
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Bacterial vaginosis can be treated with antibiotics.

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