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Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2009 Mar;11(2):143-7.

New concepts in the etiology of bacterial vaginosis.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham, 703 19th Street South, ZRB 239, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.


Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection worldwide. It has been linked to serious public health consequences including preterm birth, postoperative infections, and the acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. The etiology of BV remains unknown. In this article, controversies about sexual transmission, microbial pathogens, and heterogeneity of BV as a disease entity are discussed.


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