This health video looks at the new treatment to help prevent bacterial vaginosis which is a common female infection.
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Jennifer Mathews: As a hairstylist, Andrea Wright has close contact with people. So when she had a recurrent infection, she was concerned someone would notice the odor it emits. It's a vaginal infection called Bacterial Vaginosis or BV. Andrea Wright: It's aggravating because it didn't really irritate me, but it just have odor and the discharge. Jennifer Mathews: This is what BV looks like. Doctor Daron Ferris from the Medical College of Georgia says, “It's an infection where the bad bacteria outweigh the good bacteria. That imbalance can be dangerous.” Dr. Daron Ferris: Actually women who have bacterial vaginosis have twice the risk of contracting HIV. Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Ferris is testing two new treatments for BV. First, is an antibiotic called Tinidazole. It's commonly used in Europe for BV. Daron Ferris: At least in Europe, in the studies conducted there, the women who used the product reported about half the side effects, the other type of antibiotic that is used now in the US. Jennifer Mathews: He's also testing whether inserting this stainless steel device will help. Chefs commonly use stainless steel to eliminate odors from their hands. Daron Ferris: The stainless steel at least in pilot studies was shown to decrease or resolve the odor that's associated with bacterial vaginosis. Jennifer Mathews: Andrea was in the study of the antibiotic. She doesn't know if she received the drug or a placebo, but says the infection hasn't returned in six months. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.