BV is a condition where the healthy bacteria in a woman's vagina disappear and are replaced by different organisms. Symptoms include burning and itching around the vagina, white or gray discharge, and a strong fishy odor that is particularly noticeable after intercourse. Some people question whether or not BV is an STD, but it is definitely
associated with having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners. You can take antibiotics to get rid of BV, but it frequently shows up again even after successful treatment. Infection can increase a woman's risk of HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease
, and pre-term birth (babies born too early).