Suspected Heterosexual Transmission of Bacterial Vaginosis Without Seminal Fluid Exposure

Muzny, Christina A. MD; Schwebke, Jane R. MD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: January 2014 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 58–60
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000057
Case Report

Abstract: This report describes a case of suspected heterosexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis to a woman from a male partner who had undergone a radical prostatectomy. The most likely method of transmission in this case was through contact with infected desquamated epithelial cells from the male partner’s distal urethra or coronal sulcus.

This report describes a case of suspected heterosexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis to a woman from a male sexual partner who had undergone a radical prostatectomy.

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Acknowledgments: This report was presented at the 20th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research in Vienna, Austria, on July 16, 2013 (Abstract No. P2.109). The authors thank Charles A. Rivers, PhD, MSPH, for his assistance in producing the photographs of the vaginal Gram stains from the female patients described in this report.

Conflict of interest: None declared.

Correspondence: Address correspondence and reprint requests to Christina Muzny, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294. E-mail: cmuzny@uab.edu.

Received for publication July 31, 2013, and accepted October 3, 2013.

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