Partner History Raises Gay Women's Vaginosis Risk

By Sullivan, Michele G. | Clinical Psychiatry News, June 2008 | Go to article overview

Partner History Raises Gay Women's Vaginosis Risk


Sullivan, Michele G., Clinical Psychiatry News


CHICAGO -- The biggest risk factor for bacterial vaginosis among gay or bisexual women is having a sex partner with a history of the disorder--an association that increases the chances of bacterial vaginosis by more than 400%, Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo said at a meeting on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Sharing sexual toys almost doubled the risk of developing bacterial vaginosis (BV) among these women, said Dr. Marrazzo of the University of Washington, Seattle.

Although this association was not statistically significant, when it is combined with the risk of a partner's positive history, it suggests that the exchange of vaginal fluids plays a key role in the development of BV for this population, she said.

Dr. Marrazzo presented the preliminary results of a 1-year longitudinal study examining the rates of bacterial vaginosis in 335 women, including 47 couples (94 women). The women's median age was 25 years; 88% were white. Most (305) reported sexual activity within the last 3 months; of these, 276 reported having had at least one female partner, and 18% reported both male and female partners. For those reporting sex with a male within the last 3 months, only 25% reported having used a condom.

A third of the women had a history of bacterial vaginosis--a somewhat high prevalence, especially in light of the group's very low rate of douching (6%), a behavior that is strongly associated with the disorder, Dr. Marrazzo said.

All of the women completed a detailed computer survey of their sexual habits. Their symptoms were assessed clinically by Amsel criteria; bacterial vaginosis was confirmed with Gram stain of vaginal fluid and Nugent criteria. The overall prevalence of BV was 29%, which is higher than that usually seen at clinics in the United States, Dr. Marrazzo said. Of these women, 40% were symptomatic at the time of clinical assessment.

In terms of sexual practice, all of the sexually active women had experienced receptive vaginal or oral sex, including penetration with fingers, a penis, or toys; 40% had experienced receptive anal sex with fingers, penis or toys; and 22% reported sharing a vaginal toy with a female partner.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Partner History Raises Gay Women's Vaginosis Risk
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.