If any of your female sexual partners that you go bareback with (or share body fluids with at all) have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (caused primarily by the bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis), you need to know about it, because the biofilm is probably on your penis too. This means you can spread that to your other sexual partners, and/or back to the original sexual partner, perpetuating the problem.
You need treatment too, and you cannot ignore this as a women’s problem. It has been clearly demonstrated that BV can be sexually transmitted – that means you may be spreading it, and actually causing bad vag!
Don’t let the name fool you – one researcher (our favourite BV guy, Swidsinski, says: “The correct name distinguishing it from symptom-defined conditions like BV should be gardnerellosis and for the bacterium Gardnerella genitalis.”
Bad vag (BV) symptoms in women:
- Fishy odour
- Off-smelling vagina
- Bad smell and taste of vaginal fluids
Here is the evidence that you have BV bacterial biofilms – with no symptoms – on your penis:
1. Study title: Gardnerella biofilm involves females and males and is transmitted sexually.
“Cohesive Gardnerella was present in all patients with proven BV and their partners… Cohesive Gardnerella biofilm is a distinct, clearly definable entity which involves both genders and is sexually transmitted.”
2. Study title: Desquamated epithelial cells covered with a polymicrobial biofilm typical for bacterial vaginosis are present in randomly selected cryopreserved donor semen.
‘Desquamated epithelial cells covered with a polymicrobial Gardnerella biofilm were identified in urine samples from all  women with BV and 13 of their male partners and in none of the female controls and their partners’
3. Study title: Prevalence of Gardnerella vaginalis in Male Sexual Partners of Women With and Without Bacterial Vaginosis
In males, G. vaginalis has been repeatedly recovered from the urethra and from seminal fluid. Sexual contact studies point to the sexual transmissibility of G. vaginalis. In 1955, Gardner and Dukes reported that they had isolated Gardnerella from the urethra of 86% of husbands of women with BV. Similarly, in 1978, Pheiffer et al. demonstrated the concordance of Gardnerella among 79% of couples in which the woman had BV versus 0% of couples in which the woman did not have BV.
Treatment for BV-related biofilms in men
This is a bit complex, since western medicine still hasn’t caught up beyond giving antibiotics, which we know by now only works half the time in women, and because antibiotics can’t break down biofilms, we could anticipate that antibiotics will not work in men.
We’ve written a book on how to get rid of BV in women, by removing the bacterial biofilm that keeps BV recurrent. (It never goes away.) This book is essential reading for any woman struggling with BV, and as her sexual partner, you would be advised to read it so you understand exactly what is going on.
Every book means free email support and access to the support section, where there is instructions for treating male partners and how to get rid of BV biofilms in and around the penis and urethra so you no longer infect your female sexual partners.
(P.S. We’re publishing a book just for men soon!)