Bacterial Vaginosis is not a true Sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is NOT passed from a man to a woman nor from a woman to a man during sexual intercourse and bacterial vaginosis only affects women. It is only present in women who are sexually active.
Sex changes the environment of the vagina. This change makes the vagina a good place for bad bacteria like bacterial vaginosis to grow. If you are not having sex, then you probably will not have bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis can cause women to have vaginal pain, itching, burning and a discharge with a fishy odor. It can also increase your chances of getting other STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and even HIV.
Bacterial vaginosis is easy to get rid of with medication. Some things you can do to decrease your chances of having bacterial vaginosis include: use condoms every time you have sex, keep the number of people you have sex with low, and do not douche. If you think you may have bacterial vaginosis you should see your doctor immediately.