Bacterial vaginosis is not associated with circumcision status of the current male partner

Jonathan M. Zenilman, Anne Fresia, Barbara Berger, William M. McCormack

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Abstract

Objective: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is common in sexually active women, and in a large proportion the underlying aetiology is unknown. We evaluated partner circumcision status as a potential risk and hypothesised that women with uncircumcised partners were at increased risk for BV. Methods: Retrospective audit of a partner study (272 heterosexual couples) conducted in Baltimore between 1990 and 1992. BV defined by clinical criteria and circumcision status of males was determined by physical examination. Results: BV was diagnosed in 83 (30%) female partners; 75 (27%) males were uncircumcised. In males and females respectively, gonorrhoea was diagnosed in 20% and 16%, and chlamydia in 7% and 11%. In women with circumcised partners, 58/197 (29%) had BV compared with 25/75 (33%) with uncircumcised partners (p = 0.53). Conclusion: Women with uncircumcised current partners are not at increased risk for BV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-348
Number of pages2
JournalSexually transmitted infections
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Circumcision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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