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Characterization of vaginal flora and bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women.
J Infect Dis. 2002 May 01; 185(9):1307-13.JI

Abstract

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) may be common among women who report having sex with women (WSW) and frequently occurs in both members of monogamous couples. The results of Gram staining of a vaginal smear were consistent with BV in 81 (25%) and intermediate in 37 (11%) of 326 WSW included in this study. Lactobacilli were detected in 64% of subjects, and 42% of subjects had H(2)O(2)-producing strains. BV was associated with a higher lifetime number of female sex partners, failure to always clean an insertive sex toy before use, and oral-anal sex with female partners. Neither recent douching nor sexual practices with male partners were associated with BV. Vaginal smears from each partner were concordant in 55 (95%) of 58 monogamous couples; BV was present in both partners in 16 couples (28%) (P<.001, compared with expected distribution). BV was common among subjects who did not douche, who did not have concurrent sex with male partners, or who did not have a new sex partner, which suggests that other risk factors for BV exist. These data support the hypothesis that sexual exchange of vaginal secretions is a possible mechanism for acquisition of BV.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA. jmm2@u.washington.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12001048

Citation

Marrazzo, Jeanne M., et al. "Characterization of Vaginal Flora and Bacterial Vaginosis in Women Who Have Sex With Women." The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 185, no. 9, 2002, pp. 1307-13.
Marrazzo JM, Koutsky LA, Eschenbach DA, et al. Characterization of vaginal flora and bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women. J Infect Dis. 2002;185(9):1307-13.
Marrazzo, J. M., Koutsky, L. A., Eschenbach, D. A., Agnew, K., Stine, K., & Hillier, S. L. (2002). Characterization of vaginal flora and bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 185(9), 1307-13.
Marrazzo JM, et al. Characterization of Vaginal Flora and Bacterial Vaginosis in Women Who Have Sex With Women. J Infect Dis. 2002 May 1;185(9):1307-13. PubMed PMID: 12001048.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Characterization of vaginal flora and bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women. AU - Marrazzo,Jeanne M, AU - Koutsky,Laura A, AU - Eschenbach,David A, AU - Agnew,Kathy, AU - Stine,Kathleen, AU - Hillier,Sharon L, Y1 - 2002/04/16/ PY - 2001/08/31/received PY - 2001/10/17/revised PY - 2002/5/10/pubmed PY - 2002/5/25/medline PY - 2002/5/10/entrez SP - 1307 EP - 13 JF - The Journal of infectious diseases JO - J Infect Dis VL - 185 IS - 9 N2 - Bacterial vaginosis (BV) may be common among women who report having sex with women (WSW) and frequently occurs in both members of monogamous couples. The results of Gram staining of a vaginal smear were consistent with BV in 81 (25%) and intermediate in 37 (11%) of 326 WSW included in this study. Lactobacilli were detected in 64% of subjects, and 42% of subjects had H(2)O(2)-producing strains. BV was associated with a higher lifetime number of female sex partners, failure to always clean an insertive sex toy before use, and oral-anal sex with female partners. Neither recent douching nor sexual practices with male partners were associated with BV. Vaginal smears from each partner were concordant in 55 (95%) of 58 monogamous couples; BV was present in both partners in 16 couples (28%) (P<.001, compared with expected distribution). BV was common among subjects who did not douche, who did not have concurrent sex with male partners, or who did not have a new sex partner, which suggests that other risk factors for BV exist. These data support the hypothesis that sexual exchange of vaginal secretions is a possible mechanism for acquisition of BV. SN - 0022-1899 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12001048/Characterization_of_vaginal_flora_and_bacterial_vaginosis_in_women_who_have_sex_with_women_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/jid/article-lookup/doi/10.1086/339884 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -