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Can men get bacterial vaginosis from a female partner?

I was diagnosed with gardnerella vaginitis almost a year ago and I’ve been with the same guy for two years. I still have one symptom of vaginitis...the thick discharge and the last two times we’ve had sex, my fiance’s semen has been thick and white instead of being thin and clear like normal. Is it possible that he has my infection? Can it be transmitted to a man?

What symptoms are common for STD infections and how can you tell if you have an STD?

What are the signs of STDs, and how you know if you have them? Also, are some STD symptoms similar to yeast infections?

When should I start seeing an Ob-Gyn?

I have several questions...First, when should a girl get Pap smears done or start to go to see an Ob-Gyn? I’m not sexually active, but I do masturbate regularly. Is there a right way to masturbate? Sometimes I notice traces of brownish discharge on my panties. And finally, is it possible to get an STD from eating off the same plate and touching the same food as someone who has an STD? (My friend has multiple partners and hasn’t been tested.)

Is a burning sensation with urination a symptom of chlamydia infection? What about unusual discharge?

What are the symptoms of chlamydia? My partner says he has a burning feeling while urinating. He got tested and is waiting for results to find out what it was. I haven’t experienced any problems...but I did have some discharge for a while. Can you help?

Is it OK to get oral sex if my discharge looks like cottage cheese?

I have discharge that looks like cottage cheese...and my vagina itches. But I have no other signs of illness. Is it OK to receive oral sex?

What causes vaginal discharge to change color and smell bad?

For the past few months, I’ve had vaginal discharge that has an off-color and a pretty bad odor. What is it?

My vagina is itchy and white with some kind of mucous. What should I do?

About three days ago, my private parts started to get very itchy. When I looked at my vagina with a hand mirror, it looked like the opening to my vagina was white with some kind of mucous. What should I do? Will this influence my relationship with my husband of two years? Will I still be able to get pregnant?

I have abnormal vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese. Do I have a yeast infection?

I’m a 19-year-old college student and I am concerned about my vaginal discharge. It’s very heavy lately. There is no itching and not really any bad smell, but it is rather embarrassing. At first I thought it could be signs of a yeast infection…but besides the heavy cottage cheese discharge, there are no other signs. Please help.

I notice a white discharge from my vagina after sex...what is it?

I’ve been sexually active since I was 16. Since the first time I had sex ⎼ and every time after that, only with sex ⎼ there’s a white discharge from my vagina. The discharge is kind of thick and smooth, and there’s no unusual odor. Is there something wrong with me?

Could my vaginal discharge have caused my partner’s throat infection after he gave me oral sex?

Since as long as I can remember, I've always had some light, vaginal discharge. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend performed oral sex on me for the first time. A week later, he had a high fever and his doctor diagnosed him with a "throat infection" (not strep). Did my discharge cause this infection and is it an STD?