A vaginal infection is an infection of the vagina with symptoms similar to an STI. It is not an STI. You often do not get the infection from sex

The infection is caused by a fungus (candida) or by bacteria (bacterial vaginosis). 

You can prevent most vaginal infections if you take good care of your vagina.
Antibiotics and stress can also cause vaginal infections. Only take antibiotics when necessary. 

You may have a vaginal infection if you have one or more of the following symptoms: 

If you think you have a vaginal infection, talk to a doctor. A vaginal infection can be treated easily. The doctor gives you a prescription for a medicine or cream. 

Ask a doctor for advice if your partner needs to be tested and treated as well.

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