Gynecological Infection More Widespread Than Thought

by Colette Bouchez

A gynecological infection known as bacterial vaginosis may be more widespread than previously believed, even in women with no history of sexual activity.

In a study of almost 2,000 women who entered basic training for the U.S. Marines, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) report that bacterial vaginosis (BV) was present in more than one of every four. Eighteen percent of those infected were virgins.

The research appears in the November issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.