Some Vaginal Bacteria May Raise Risk of STDs

Some Vaginal Bacteria May Raise Risk of STDs

Chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world, is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. Certain types of vaginal bacteria may increase a woman's risk of contracting chlamydia, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. The study involved 115 healthy women ages 16 to 29 years; they were screened for chlamydia yearly for two consecutive years at a clinic in Amsterdam. Participants gave vaginal swab samples that were analyzed not only for chlamydia, but also for other bacteria that naturally live in the vagina and are generally not thought to be harmful — the so-called "vaginal microbiota." Sixty...

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