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Sex Transm Infect 76:144-145 doi:10.1136/sti.76.2.144-a

The association between receptive cunnilingus and bacterial vaginosis

  1. S E Tchamouroff,
  2. S K Panja
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE
  1. Dr Tchamouroff
  • Accepted 25 February 2000

Editor,—We are puzzled by the surprisingly little, if any, serious work done to explain the epidemiological enigma of high prevalence of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in lesbians,1 and the oft observed, but as yet unconfirmed association between BV and receptive cunnilingus in women in general.

In a detailed study of 17 consecutive lesbians attending the department of genitourinary medicine at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, bacterial vaginosis was found in six women (35%). Of …