Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment and Care
Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. Pregnant women with BV may deliver premature (early) or low birth-weight babies.
Can bacterial vaginosis be cured?
BV will sometimes go away without treatment. But if you have symptoms of BV you should be checked and treated. It is important that you take all of the medicine prescribed to you, even if your symptoms go away. A health care provider can treat BV with antibiotics, but BV may recur even after treatment. Treatment may also reduce the risk for some STDs.
Male sex partners of women diagnosed with BV generally do not need to be treated. BV may be transferred between female sex partners.
Treatment Guidelines and Updates
- 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines – Bacterial Vaginosis (June 4, 2015)
Resources for Clinicians
- Vaginitis Self-Study Module – An online learning experience that helps users learn how to manage vaginitis. It is continuously updated and integrates the most recent STD Treatment Guidelines. Free CME/CNE available. (November 1, 2017)
- It’s Not Just the Pathogen Anymore: The Genital Microbiome and Implications for Sexually Transmitted Infections – first session of STD Prevention Science Series 2012 on June 20th, presented by Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH – Watch archived recording and view abstract. (July 6, 2012)
- Page last reviewed: December 9, 2016
- Page last updated: October 31, 2017
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