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Your Gardnerella Test Result Is Positive

This means that Gardnerella  was detected in your urine.

The test is very accurate and false positive results are therefore unlikely.

Gardnerella is implicated in the development of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) in women. It is not known to cause disease in men.

BV results from the disruption of the normal vaginal bacterial flora, which can happen due to many possible causes, and may give rise to a bothersome, strong smelling, watery, vaginal discharge. Many women with BV have no symptoms and most women with Gardnerella do not have BV.

The general medical consensus is that women who have Gardnerella but who do not have symptoms of BV do not require antibiotic treatment.

If you chose to take treatment to eradicate Gardnerella or to treat BV, it will consist of either a short course of the antibiotic metronidazole taken by mouth or clindamycin gel taken by vaginal pessary for 3-7 days.

Treatment in both cases is generally well tolerated and effective although one cannot consume alcohol while taking metronidazole.

We can provide you with the appropriate antibiotic or you can take this result to your local GUM clinic and obtain treatment there.

Clinical studies suggest that there is no benefit to treating the male partners of women who have Gardnerella or who have symptoms of BV.

Recurrence rates of BV are quite high and retreatment at various intervals is often required.