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If I have bacterial vaginosis, does my partner need to be treated as well?

The female partner of a woman with bacterial vaginosis (BV) may also have it and should be tested and treated.

Studies show there is no need to treat male sexual partners for BV, and clinical studies have shown that treating male partners with antibiotics doesn't affect a woman's risk of recurrence or her response to treatment.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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