Chapter 4 – The Vagina and Vulva

Sexually transmissible infections

Trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium and herpes simplex virus infections can all cause a vaginal discharge due to either a vaginitis or cervicitis. A sexual history is thus important in all women with a vaginal discharge to ensure possible STIs are not overlooked. See Chapter 12: Sexually Transmissible Infections for more on this.

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