STIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to an STI or gotten an STI from your partner, you should tell them.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal condition. It is thought to be caused by an overgrowth of a bacterium called gardnerella vaginalis and certain other bacteria often found in the vaginal fluid.
Symptoms may include:
A urinary tract (UTI) or bladder infection occurs when bacteria gain access to and multiply in the bladder. Bacteria infect the bladder by way of the urethra, a small, short tube that opens near the vagina. The placement and size of the urethra make bladder infections very common in women. Men rarely develop bladder infections because their urethras are longer.
A colposcope is a magnifying instrument used to look closely at the surface of the cervix. A colposcopy is an easy office procedure, which is performed very much like routine gynecological exam.