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Okay, if guys are usually treated for it, but girls get it from guys, does that mean that guys always carry the bacteria? Where does the bacteria come from that the vagina is not used to? From the male's penis?
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You may have a couple of misconceptions about BV. Its OK too, because it is at least a little confusing.
  • Men do not get bacterial vaginosis - its that whole not having a vagina thing…
  • Male partners are not treated when the woman is diagnosed with BV.
  • BV is not though to be transmitted by heterosexual contact, though certain patterns of sexual activity seem to increase the risk of getting it. For example, a lot of partners.
  • There is evidence to suggest that male partners may in fact introduce the organism, but its presence alone does not mean you have BV.
  • The diagnosis of BV means that the organism has grown out of control and is not being kept in check by other good bacteria in the vagina. A lot of factors besides sexual intercourse can cause that to happen.

Have you seen the other threads here where this is talked about (a lot!)?

Here are two other links to general information about BV…

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