Jan 11, 2012
We talk about BV quite a bit on the herpes and std forums so I thought it would be best to post more info on it.
Bv is bacterial vaginosis. It's very common in women who are sexually active.
Bv makes you more likely to contract a std in general as well as it can make genital herpes reoccur more often so asking to be tested for it when you are seen is always a good idea. About half of all women who have bv, don't get obvious symptoms so if your provider tells you you have it but doesn't feel it's necessary to treat you because you aren't having bothersome symptoms, be sure to ask to be treated for it anyways to reduce your chances of contracting a std!
also something to keep in mind - after using vaginal bv treatments, it's not unusual to get a thick, chunky type discharge for a few days. This is dead bacteria being expelled from your vagina and it will go away on its own in a few days. Don't think it's a yeast infection and self treat for yeast, give it a few days and it should be gone. Cleansing the genital area with cool water is often helpful to keep from getting irritated from this chunky discharge.