Bacterial Vaginosis: What Women need to Know

Bacterial Vaginosis: What Women need to Know

New York State Department of Health

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection. It affects one of every five women of childbearing age.

What causes BV?

A normal, healthy vagine has mostly healthy or “good” bacteria and very few unhealthy or “bad” bacteria. BV develops when the pH balance or level of acidity in your  vagina is upset. This change allows the “bad” bacteria to increase 100 to 1000 times more than normal. At the same time, the “good” bacteria are destroyed.

Women who are sexually active are much more likely to get BV. But, it is not known if BV is spread through sex. You may have a greater chance of getting BV if you use douches or if you frequently clean your vagina with soap or other products. Douching and frequent cleaning may rinse away or destroy healthy bacteria and let “bad” bacteria take over.

What are the signs and symptoms?

More than half the women with BV don’t know they have it. If symptoms are present, they are usually mild.

Symptoms may include:

*A thin, gray or white discharge that sticks to the walls of the vagina.

*An unpleasant, fishy or musty odor.

*Burning when urinating

*Occasional vaginal itching and

*Vaginal irritation during or after sex

Bacterial Vaginosis can sometimes lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is when a woman’s reproductive system gets infected and may include infection of the uterus, tubes, ovaries or even inside the lower belly (abdomen).

How will I know if I have BV?

To know for sure, you should visit a health care provider. He or she will give you a pelvic exam and look at your vaginal fluid under a microscope to check the levels of “good” and “bad” bacteria. The pH level of your vagina may also be measured.

When can I have sex again?

If you have been for BV you should not have sex for seven days after your treatment is over.

Is there is a cure?

Yes. BV can cured with antibiotics. Your provider will give you either metronidazole (me troe ni da zole) or clindamycin (klin da mye sin). If you are given either medicine as a pill, it is taken by mouth. Either can be used with non-pregnant women but the dosages differ for each. You should not drink alcohol if you are taking metronidazole. Each medicine is also available as a cream or gel. The creams and gels are used directly in your vagina. It is important to take all of your medicine even if the signs and symptoms go away.

It is even more important that you get treatment if you are pregnant. All pregnant women who have ever had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby should be considered for a BV examination, regardless of symptoms and should be treated if they have BV. If you are pregnant or you think you are pregnant, see your healthcare provider.

Most of the time, treatment lowers the number of “bad” bacteria in your vagina. But it will not totally get rid of them. In some women, the bacteria can multiply and cause BV to come back.

What about my partners?

Although it is not known whether BV is spread through sex, you partner(s) should be checked for BV and other sexually transmitted diseases. This is even more important if your BV keeps coming back.

How can I prevent bacterial vaginosis?

*Use a latex or polyurethane condom every time you have sex. This may lower your chances of having this infection again.

*Limit the number of sexual partners you have.

*Do not douche or forcefully clean your vagina with soap or other feminine hygiene products. These products might upset your vagina’s normal balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria.

To learn more:

If you have more questions about bacterial vaginosis or you want to know how to find a clinic near you, call your local health department or family planning program.

You can also find a testing center near you at http://www.findSTDtest.com or by calling 1-800-541-2437.

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Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from  the NYS Department of Health’s Bacterial Vaginosis pamphlet and I give them full credit on the information. Please call them directly for more information.

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American Red Cross: Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

American Red Cross: Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Protect your family from Home Fires!

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to help reduce the number of home fire-related injuries and fatalities. The Red Cross is partnering with municipalities, fire departments and community groups to help families be better prepared for and take important steps to prevent home fires.

Free Smoke Alarm Installations

The Red Cross and our community partners will be installing free smoke alarms in your neighborhood to help keep you and your family safe.

To schedule an appointment for a Home Fire Safety Visit to have FREE smoke alarms installed in your home, visit redcross.org/NJsmokealarms. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a Home Fire.

People can take easy steps to increase their chances of surviving a fire.

  1. Make an escape plan.
  2. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.
  3. Practice fire drills and then check your escape time.

We want to help you, your family and our community stay safe. Remember to test your smoke alarms monthly and practice your fire escape plan. For more information, visit redcross.org/NJ.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email them for more information on the program.

 

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Project Health: A program at GMHC

Project Health: A Program at GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis)

Are you 18 years or older, HIV positive and need help with housing and employment?

If you’re living with HIV and need help with housing and employment and/or medical care, Project Health may be for you.

Project Health provides:

*Individualized counseling, case management services and support groups.

*Connection to medical care and legal, employment, housing, social and other support services.

For more information, please contact Project Health at (212) 367-1115 or projecthealth@gmhc.org.

GMHC: 307 38th Street, NYC  10018

GMHC Hotline: (800) 243-7692

gmhc.org

Gay Men’s Health Crisis: End AIDS. Live Life.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis pamphlet and I give them full credit on the information. Please call them directly for more information.

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Free & Confidential HIV & Hepatitis C Testing: Alliance for Positive Change

Free & Confidential HIV & Hepatitis C Testing: Alliance for Positive Change

Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday-Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm

Call (212) 645-0875 or walk to any of our testing centers. Free Metrocards are provided to those who test. This service is when available.

Keith Haring Center

315 East 104 Street, 1st Floor

New York, NY  10029

(212) 645-0875

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Alliance for Positive Change pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number for more information.

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You Deserve Affordable Healthcare: NY State of Health

You Deserve Affordable Healthcare: NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace

NY State of Health provides you personalized help to find the right plan and financial assistance to lower your costs.

At NY State of Health, You’ll find:

*Many affordable and quality health plans

*Personalized help to pick your plan

*Help paying for the plan your choose

*The Essential Plan for lower income New Yorkers

Contact: The Alliance for Positive Change

Ms. Diamond Walters, Assistant Manager: Linkage to Insurance

Metro Central

(212) 645-0875, ext. 431 and Fax (212) 645-0705

diamond@alliance.nyc

http://www.alliance.nyc

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Alliance for Positive Change pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call Ms. Walters for more information on the program.

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Parents who host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking.

Parents who Host Lose the Most

Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law!

Parent Tips:

As a parent:

*You can not give alcohol to your teen’s friend under the age of 21 under any circumstances even in your own home.

*Let your neighbors know in advance there will be a party and that you will be there to supervise.

*Secure all alcohol, firearms and other hazardous items.

Things your can do as a parent:

*Get to know your children’s friends and their parents.

*Ask other parents about their policy on alcohol, drugs and tobacco use.

*Encourage alcohol-free and drug-free parties and activities for underage youth.

Party hosting suggestions:

*Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21.

*Be at home when your teen has a party.

*Make sure alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s  friends.

*Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at events your child will be attending.

*Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome.

*Report underage drinking to local law enforcement.

Parents who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking is a registered trademark of Drug Free Action Alliance.

Under Age Drinking Facts:

*17.2% of students reported having had more than just a few sips of alcohol for the first time by the time there are 13 years old. 63.2% of students nationwide reported having had at least one drink of alcohol at least once in their life.

*Of the students that reported currently drinking alcohol, 44.1% said that they had got the alcohol from someone else.

*Studies show that over half of teens between 8th-12th grade know where they could easily access alcohol. Nearly 87% of high school seniors report that alcohol is “Fairly easy” or “easy” to get.

*Almost half (47%) of high school seniors and one in nine (11%) 8th graders in 2014 reported having been drunk at least once in their life.

*Studies reveal that alcohol consumption by adolescents results in brain damage-possibly permanent-and impairs intellectual development.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.DrugFreeActionAlliance.org

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Drug Free Actions Alliance pamphlet on “Parents who Host, Lose the Most” pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please contact the organization directly for more information on the subject.

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Special Child Health Services: County of Bergen Department of Human Services

Special Child Health Services: County of Bergen Department of Human Services

Special Child Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

(201) 634-2621

Fax: (201) 336-7199

Online at: http://www.co.bergen.nj.us

Email: Lmatthews@co.bergen.nj.us

Our Mission:

The mission of Special Child Health Services (SCHS) is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health related needs of children from birth to age 21 who have delays or disabilities by providing education and support services.

Families from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are key partners in the process of decision making at every level of the design, implementation and evaluation of their child’s care. This partnership is foundational and paramount to the successful workings of Special Child Health Services.

Service Coordination: For Early Intervention

Age Birth to Three

Early intervention services are designed to address a problem or delay in development as early as possible. The services are available for infants and toddlers up to age three. Public and private agencies serve as providers to address the needs of children and their families who meet the eligibility criteria established by the State.

Call 1-888-653-4463 for eligibility determination.

The Case Management Team: Age birth to Twenty-One

Case management is a goal directed system, the purpose of which is to assure the provision of coordinated comprehensive services for special needs children and their families. The ultimate goal of the case management unit is to assist these families with identifying and accessing quality health care so that children have the opportunity to function at their optimum level.

Call 201-634-2621 for more information or if you know a child/family interested in our services.

Bergen County

Department of Human Services

Special Child Health Services-is funded in part through the New Jersey Department of Health.

Disclaimer: This information was provided by and taken from the Special Child Health Services pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call or email the above numbers for more information.

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