Bacterial vaginosis also is referred to as nonspecific vaginitis, is a vaginal condition that can produce vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of certain kinds of bacteria in the vagina. In the past, the condition was called Gardnerella vaginitis, after the bacteria that were thought to cause the condition. However, the newer name, bacterial vaginosis, reflects the fact that there are a number of species of bacteria that naturally live in the vaginal area and may grow to excess, rather than a true infection with foreign bacteria, such as occurs with many sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
Protect yourself and your partners fro foreign bacteria associated with STD’s(STI’s), by using a barrier (latex dam) for oral sex and roral/anal sex.
Can you get bacterial vaginosis from a sexual partner?
The term “vaginosis” refers to a vaginal abnormality; therefore a male cannot “get” bacterial vaginosis. However, female sex partners of women with bacterial vaginosis may want to consider being evaluated because it can spread to female partners.
If you are using a sexual toy, either alone or with a partner,make sure that the toy is thoroughly cleaned after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria to other partners (especially if you are sharing the toy).