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

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

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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
StatePublished - 1999

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Keywords

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Circumcision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology

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Bacterial vaginosis is not associated with circumcision status of the current male partner. / Zenilman, Jonathan Mark; Fresia, Anne; Berger, Barbara; McCormack, William M.

In: Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 75, No. 5, 1999, p. 347-348.

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Zenilman, Jonathan Mark ; Fresia, Anne ; Berger, Barbara ; McCormack, William M. / Bacterial vaginosis is not associated with circumcision status of the current male partner. In: Sexually Transmitted Infections. 1999 ; Vol. 75, No. 5. pp. 347-348.
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