Bacterial Vaginosis Linked With Persistent HPV Infections
Four in five women will be infected by one or more human papillomavirus (HPV) strains during their lifetimes. For most of these women, the HPV will be cleared from the body, but 5% of them will develop precancerous lesions in the cervix. The role of vaginal flora in persistent HPV has been brought into focus by research studies carried out over the past few years.
At a press conference ahead of the 46th meeting of the French Colposcopy and Cervical and Vaginal Diseases Society (SFCPCV), Julia Maruani, MD, a medical gynecologist in Marseille, took the opportunity to discuss the importance of vaginal flora and the need to treat cases of bacterial vaginosis.
Essential for reducing the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a healthy vaginal flora is made up of millions of microorganisms, mainly lactobacilli, as well as other bacteria (Gardnerella vaginalis, Atopobium vaginae, prevotella, streptococcus, gonococcus), HPV, and fungi.