In healthy women there are several kinds of vaginal microbiota (the microorganisms in a particular site), mostly dominated by Lactobacillus. The disruption of the vaginal microbiota may cause conditions like bacterial vaginosis.
Vaginal bacteria that are important for a healthy vaginal system may have added benefits of inhibiting the sexually transmitted Zika virus and herpes simplex virus-2, a new study suggests.
Mix of bacteria
“The human vagina has a wide array of bacterial species living in communities called the microbiome; these are very important for a woman’s health,” study lead author Megan Amerson said. She’s a doctoral student at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
The researchers ran a series of laboratory experiments to see how different bacterial environments affected how well the viruses survived and replicated. Amerson’s team used transplanted vaginal microbiome samples from healthy donors.
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