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Bacterial vaginosis

vaginal; infections; gardnerella; bacterial; vaginosis; vagina; discharge;

Many bacteria live healthily on the surface of the vagina, not causing any problems.  They are called vaginal 'flora'. In bacterial vaginosis there are too many bacteria such as Gardnerella. 


Bacterial vaginosis is very common, and most women will have it at some time in their life, but some women have it much more often than others, and it is not clear why they get so many flare-ups of vaginosis. 

It does not seem to be sexually transmitted, because it only affects women, but it can be triggered by sexual intercourse. Women who have female partners can also have vaginosis.

More Information

Department of Health (South Australia) - Communicable Diseases Branch 'Bacterial vaginosis'

Resources in South Australia

  • Clinic 275 (Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic)
    (08) 8222 5075 Country callers 1800 806 490.
    Clinic 275
  • Shine SA (Sexual Health, information, networking and education)  
    Sexual Healthline 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday
    1300 883 793 Country callers 1800 188 171
  • The Youth Health Service
    - Central: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide
    - South: 50a Beach Rd, Christies Beach
    - North: 6 Gillingham Rd, Elizabeth
    - West: 51 Bower St, Woodville
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