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Vaginitis STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STI Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Vaginitis Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Very common – Nearly every woman gets vaginitis at some point in her life – Around 20 million women infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Vagina or vulva may be red, irritated, or uncomfortable. Vaginal fluid come out of the vagina that is different from usual discharge. The discharge may have an unpleasant smell. There may be itching or burning in or around the vagina. Vaginal intercourse may be uncomfortable. One may feel as if they need to urinate (pee) more often than usual.
Cure? Creams, suppositories, vaginal tablets, or oral medicines. Some medicines are available without a prescription.
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Can be bacterial, viral, fungal (yeasts), or parasitic
Test Pelvic exam or sample of dischange
Life-Threatening? No – however, pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis have a higher risk of miscarriage, especially in the first trimester. Bacterial vaginosis is associated with premature delivery, low birth weight, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Vaginitis can also increase the risk for HIV infection.
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