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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Gardnerella
Gardnerella [posted 7/23/98]
Answer: Gardnerella is a common cause of vaginitis. However, it is not clear that it is sexually transmitted. It is associated with sexual transmitted disease risk factors, but no single organism has been identified. Also, treatment of male partners does not change the risk of reoccurrence in women - true of the other STDs. It may be sexually transmitted, but there is some thought that it is vertically transmitted from mother to daughter at birth. Don't get too paranoid about this one. It's very common and little known of the cause.